Robert Frank, ‘'Charleston, S. C.'’, Sotheby's
Robert Frank, ‘'Charleston, S. C.'’, Sotheby's

Oversized, signed, titled, and dated in ink on the image, flush-mounted to Masonite, the edges of the mount with black ink, framed, a Pace/MacGill Gallery label on the reverse, 1955, probably printed in 1967-68.

From the Catalogue:
The dramatically oversized photograph offered here – printed nearly full frame, flush-mounted to Masonite, and with inked edges – is representative of Robert Frank’s exhibition presentation in the 1960s. It was featured in the photographer’s 1969 solo exhibition The Photographs of Robert Frank, which originated at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and traveled to four other institutions through 1971. At the time of this writing, it is believed that the photograph offered here is the largest print by Frank to appear at auction.

The Americans, Robert Frank’s seminal photobook published in 1958, is at times a poignant visual record of race relations in 1950s America and Charleston, SC, remains one of its most culturally resonant photographs. In Frank’s images of the South, we witness the European photographer’s first exposure to deeply-rooted racism and class stratification. Frank authority Sarah Greenough notes that the photographer’s first images included obvious visual cues of segregation, such as ‘white’ or ‘colored’ water fountains and separate waiting areas but Frank quickly abandoned such prosaic conventions, however, in favor of more nuanced imagery (Looking In, p. 122).
—Courtesy of Sotheby's

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Photographs By Robert Frank, May - September 1969

Robert Frank, The Americans (New York, 1958), no. 13
'Robert Frank,' Aperture, 1961, p. 7
Willy Rotzler, 'Der Photograph Robert Frank,' Du, no. 251, January 1962, p. 17
Sarah Greenough and Philip Brookman, Robert Frank: Moving Out (Washington, D. C.: National Gallery of Art, 1994), pp. 173 and 197
Robert Frank: Story Lines (London: Tate Modern, 2004), frontispiece 6
Charlie LeDuff, 'Robert Frank's Unsentimental Journey,' Vanity Fair, April 2008, p. 167
Sarah Greenough, Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans (Washington, D. C.: National Gallery of Art, 2009), pp. xiii, 225, 463, and 465, and Contact no. 13
Peter Galassi, Robert Frank: In America (Stanford, 2014), p. 132

Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

About Robert Frank

One of the most acclaimed photographers of the 20th century, Robert Frank is best known for his seminal book The Americans, featuring photographs taken by the artist in the mid-1950s as he traveled across the U.S. on a Guggenheim fellowship. These photographs feature glimpses of highways, cars, parades, jukeboxes, and diners as iconic symbols of America while simultaneously suggesting an underlying sense of alienation and hardship. Frank’s loose, casual approach often generated blurred imagery and tilted horizons, causing his photographic style to be as controversial as his subject matter. In the 1950s, Frank was a regular contributor to Harper’s Bazaar, but later turned his focus from still images to filmmaking, creating classics of American subculture such as Pull My Daisy (1959).

American, b. 1924, Zurich, Switzerland

Group Shows

Edward Thorp Gallery, 
New York,
Time Magazine, 
New York, NY, USA,
The Most Influential Images of All Time
View Artist's CV