Robert Frank, ‘City Fathers, Hoboken, New Jersey’, 1955-1956, Phillips

"There is one thing the photograph must not contain, the humanity of the moment. This kind of photography is realism. But realism is not enough - there has to be vision, and the two together can make a good photograph."
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Signature: Signed, titled 'Hoboken' and dated '1955' in ink on the reverse of the flush-mount.

Grove Press, The Americans, pl. 2
Schuh, 'Robert Frank,' Camera, August 1957, pp. 349-50
Akron Art Museum, Robert Frank and American Politics, p. 11
Aperture, Robert Frank, p. 29
National Gallery of Art, Washington/Steidl, Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans, pp. 212 and 461, and Contact no. 2
National Gallery of Art, Washington, Robert Frank/Moving Out, pp. 176
Dexter and Weski, Cruel and Tender: The Real in the 20th Century Photograph, p. 103
Kismaric, American Politicians: Photographs from 1843 to 1993, p. 152
Papageorge, Walker Evans and Robert Frank, An Essay on Influence, p. 31
Wallis, 'Robert Frank: American Visions,' Art in America, March 1996, p. 77

Pace Wildenstein MacGill, New York
Alan Koppel Gallery, Chicago

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