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vgonis

first big steps towards modern photography

by vgonis on Sep 6, 2010

Eventhough all art comes down to a simple "like it" or "don't like it", great art has an additional bonus: you can appreciate the impact it has, even if you "don't like it", long after the first publication date. "The Americans" was not an instant success. It had to be published in France with a vivid introduction by Jack Kerouac, to be appreciated back in the States. But as soon as it was known, it was considered a Bible for all the young photographers. Robert Frank arrived in the U.S.A.in the fifties, from Europe, on a Guggenheim scholarship and he went on photographing America for quite some time, before concluding to the specific order of photos, from the enormous stock of photos he had gathered. Many things have been said and written about it, but some facts are generally accepted: the unique way he uses his camera, (many vertical shots, the tilted subjects, the poor quality of the photos-technical wise, etc),and his desicion to use such photos (instead of others with better quality ) and in a specific order so that he can develop a narrative. Eventhough there are various photography books about America, this was (and still is) a fresh way to look at things and at the same time a powerful artistic statement with universal appeal. Many assumptions have been made about his new way of seeing America. Maybe it was because he was originally from Europe, or perhaps that he was into cinema as well or, even, his turbulent personal life. Probably all at the same time. A genuine artist with a body of work to back this up. This is his masterpiece and the beginning of the quite revolution in the way of seeing things through a lens.

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