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Robert FRANK

Switzerland born 1924

  • emigrated to United States 1947

Indianapolis 1955 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: printed image 32.8 h x 21.4 w cm sheet 35.4 h x 28.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1980
Accession No: NGA 80.4296

In 1955 Frank set out on a two-year road trip across America. The images he made of social and economic hardship and isolation exposed America’s ‘dark soul’. Many saw the images he made as a bitter indictment of the American dream; others saw an evocative, ambivalent and melancholic vision of modern humanity. As Beat-author Jack Kerouac noted in his introduction to The Americans, which comprised pictures made on this road trip, 'with that little camera that he raises and snaps with one hand he sucked a sad poem right out of America.’

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra