Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Americans

The Americans by Robert Frank -- A great and often arcane sadness runs deeply through Robert Frank's now 50 year old collection of just 83 photographs (and now on special exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York), hinting, so sweetly, at the long concealed Truths about The Way We Live Here. Of its many images, so many are already recognizable and those that aren't are of such strong emotional resolution they become so almost immediately.

Here are a few examples:

So if you are in the mood for a cheap (only $31.00) 'coffee table' book, pick Frank's very quiet and very moral reimagining of America which teaches us with such small, timid images who, why and what we are.

(If you're even more curious about Frank, check this recent NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/25/arts/design/25frank.html?scp=2&sq=robert%20frank&st=cse)


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