Homework #4: Robert Frank’s America

I believe that the theme of Robert Frank’s photographs confronts a topic that has needed a thorough discussion for a long time now. Before Robert Frank, the world only had a fictional idea of what the United States mainland was like. Based on advertisement sent out by Americans, everyone believed that the United States was a place of peace and equality. However, Robert Frank’s photos reveal through the citizens of the United States that not everything there was absolutely perfect.

In terms of what I think of Robert Frank’s photographs, I believe that there are some artistic and political qualities within a lot of his photos. In photos like the trolley, the array of the windows and the organization of the people in them gives the photo an aesthetic quality in itself. However, it also shines attention on a status quo that many may not find appealing to the ideals of democratic society.

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