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An Inifinite Influence: Robert Frank & The Creation Of Photography

In Photography on December 25, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Robert Frank’s The Americans may actually be the only book that can safely claim to have influenced the work and inspirations of most any photographer, documentarian and photojournalist born and working since the 1950s. There isn’t a Most Influential Photographers Of The Century list that will not list Frank’s name. This is truly one of the great documentary works of our time, and worth seeing again and again.

Luckily for us, there is a spectacular show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art called Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans. It runs until January 3rd 2010, so rush to see it.

The photographer Dominique Nabokov spoke about the exhibition and Robert Frank in a short podcast on the New York Review of Books. You can listen to it here:

This is photographic work that reminds you of the singular beauty, power and relevance of the photograph – facts that we have forgotten in our rush to become ‘modern’ and multi-media. Nothing holds the eye, and the mind, as a photograph and it is to our detriment that we have cheapened the craft with the dominating seduction of speed to product that digital photography offers and an associated indifference to the patience and close observation that reveals more and reveals long.

Robert Frank’s work has survived nearly sixty years and will survive well into the future. It is a timeless effort, journalistic, documentarian, human and as Nabokov herself points out, ‘miraculous’.

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  1. [...] Robert Frank’s The Americans may actually be the only book that can safely claim to have influenced the work and inspirations of most any photographer, documentarian and photojournalist born and working since the 1950s. There isn’t a Most Influential Photographers Of The Century list that will not list Frank’s name. This is truly one of the great documentary works of our time, and worth seeing again and again. [...]

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