Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1956-1960
Image: 21.6 x 32.6 cm (8 1/2 x 12 13/16 in.); Paper: 27.9 x 35.4 cm (11 x 13 15/16 in.); Matted: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)
© 1979 Robert Frank
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. James S. Reid, Jr. in honor of Brenda and Evan H. Turner 1994.7
Considered one of the heroes of the New York counterculture that included writers Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, Robert Frank was an incisive observer of everyday life during the 1950s. After traveling across the United States, Frank included the images from his journey in a landmark book, The Americans, which revealed his uncompromising vision of American life in large cities and along roadsides. First printed in France in 1958 as Les américans, the book did not find an American publisher until a year later. One of the unpublished images from his odyssey, Cleveland is a brief glimpse of people seen through the side windows of a vehicle—a common motif in Frank's photographs.
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