Robert Frank - Photographs New York Saturday, April 9, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    "Whenever I look at these pictures I think that I ought to be able to say something about the way it felt when I took them and how I took them (with a Leica) and why I like them. 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 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.

    The gray around the picture to heighten the feeling of seeing from the inside to the outside.

    I like to see them one after another. It's a ride bye and not a flashy backy."

    Robert Frank, National Gallery of Art, Robert Frank: Moving Out, p. 204

  • Artist Biography

    Robert Frank

    Swiss • 1924

    As one of the leading visionaries of mid-century American photography, Robert Frank has created an indelible body of work, rich in insight and poignant in foresight. In his famed series The Americans, Frank travelled the United States, capturing the parade of characters, hierarchies and imbalances that conveyed his view of the great American social landscape.

    Frank broke the mold of what was considered successful documentary photography with his "snapshot aesthetic." It is Frank's portrayal of the United States through grit and grain that once brought his work to the apex of criticism, but has now come to define the art of documentary photography.

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From the Bus, New York

Gelatin silver print, printed 1970s.
9 1/8 x 13 3/4 in. (23.2 x 34.9 cm).
Signed and titled in ink on the recto; credited in ink, titled, numbered 47 in an unidentified hand in pencil, Robert Frank Archive and copyright stamps on the verso.

$25,000 - 35,000 

Sold for $30,000


9 April 2011
New York