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  • Provenance

    Butterfield and Butterfield, San Francisco, 5 October 1988, lot 870

  • Literature

    Aperture, The Americans, 1969, pl. 5 for a variant cropping
    Delpire, Les Américains, 1968, pl. 5
    Grove Press, The Americans, 1968, pl. 5
    National Gallery of Art, Washington/ Steidl, Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans, 2009, p. 215, pl. 5
    Pantheon, The Americans, 1986, pl. 5 for a variant cropping
    Scalo/DAP, The Americans, 1995, pl. 5
    Steidl, The Americans, 1998, pl. 5

  • 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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Gelatin silver print, printed later.
8 5/8 x 13 in. (21.9 x 33 cm)
Signed, titled 'Detroit' and dated in ink in the margin.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $22,500

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4 April 2012
New York