The Americans

The Americans

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The Americans

Robert Frank's The Americans changed the course of 20th-century photography. In 83 photographs, Frank looked beneath the surface of American life to reveal a people plagued by racism, ill-served by their politicians, and rendered numb by a rapidly expanding culture of consumption. Yet he also found novel areas of beauty in simple, overlooked corners of American life.The book is as powerful and provocative today as it was 56 years ago.

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Photographs by Robert Frank, Introduction by Jack Kerouac

First published in France in 1958, then in the United States in 1959, Robert Frank's The Americans changed the course of 20th-century photography. In 83 photographs, Frank looked beneath the surface of American life to reveal a people plagued by racism, ill-served by their politicians, and rendered numb by a rapidly expanding culture of consumption. Yet he also found novel areas of beauty in simple, overlooked corners of American life.

And it was not just Frank's subject matter-cars, jukeboxes, and even the road itself-that redefined the icons of America; it was also his seemingly intuitive, immediate, off-kilter style, as well as his method of brilliantly linking his photographs together thematically, conceptually, formally, and linguistically, that made The Americans so innovative. The book is as powerful and provocative today as it was 56 years ago.


  • Hardcover
  • 8.25 × 7.25 inches
  • 180 pages, 83 tritone images
  • Published 2008
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