HW #4 Robert Frank

Robert Frank is a Swiss-American photographer and documentary filmmaker. He was born on November 9th, 1924, his most notable work in 1958 was the Americans. It earned Frank comparisons to a modern-day de Tocqueville for his fresh and nuanced outsider’s view of American society. In 1955 and 1956 his goal was to capture America, stark landscape, and its ordinary people. In other words, he was to take pictures of his everyday life. The Book was one of the great achievements of 20th-century photography. Peter stated that the book is very critical and that America often looks leak and the people look distracted or bored. But it is a piece of art and it is not a political propaganda. The photos that did not make it into the book, more than 150 were donated to the canter art center permanent collection, but have been shown in a formal exhibition. Peter states that he couldn’t understand how a White Southern Women would in trust their baby to the car of black women, but would not sit near them. These images is a way Frank was trying to understand the country. He showed various of themes throughout his photographs, he focused on things without people noticing that he was taking photographs. Perhaps it could have been political because of the whites and blacks, but it was also he was catching peoples everyday life.

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