Robert Frank, ‘From the Bus’, 1958-printed 1980s, Phillips

From the Catalogue:
In 1958 Robert Frank began a series of photographs he took while riding the bus through New York City. He printed many of these images with a distinctive gray margin, including the print offered here, “to heighten the feeling of seeing from the inside to the outside.”

He wrote: “The Bus carries me thru the City, I look out the window, I look at the people on the street, the Sun and the Traffic Lights. It has to do with the desperation and endurance --- I have always felt that about living in New York. Compassion and probably some understanding for New York’s Concrete and its people, walking . . . waiting . . . standing up . . . holding hands . . . the summer of 1958” (Robert Frank: Moving Out, p. 204).
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Signature: Signed, titled 'NYC' and dated 'ca. 1955' in ink in the margin.

Tate Modern, Robert Frank: Story Lines, p. 124
Todoli, Robert Frank, Fotografias/Films 1948/1984, p. 141

Acquired directly from the artist

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