|U.S. 90, en Route to Del Rio, Texas (1955)|
His seminal work is a 1958 book entitled The Americans, in which Frank scrutinized everyday scenes of an adopted country to which he never fully belonged. His honest street scenes and portraits were captured with a detached bemusement, cynicism, or even mere examination, and represented a stark shift in the photography world. "The Americans challenged all the formal rules laid down by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Walker Evans, whose work Frank admired but saw no reason to emulate. More provocatively, it flew in the face of the wholesome pictorialism and heartfelt photojournalism of American magazines like Life and Time. The Americans was shocking – and enduringly influential – because it simply showed things as they were," writes critic Sean O'Hagan. "It remains perhaps the most influential photography book of the 20th century."
I had the chance to see Frank's body of work in person at the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago. I was struck by a few things. As profound as some of Frank's moments were, others appeared, at least at first glance, to be equally mundane.
|Bank - Houston, Texas (1955)|
Quote source: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/nov/07/robert-frank-americans-photography-influence-shadows