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  • Provenance

    Acquired from the photographer, through an intermediary, circa 1980
    Sotheby's, New York, 9 October 2009, lot 147

  • Literature

    National Gallery of Art, Washington/ Steidl, Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans, contact sheet #4

  • 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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PHOTOGRAPHS FROM A PRIVATE EAST COAST COLLECTION

208

From the Funeral, Frogmore, South Carolina

1955
Gelatin silver print, printed later.
7 3/4 x 5 3/8 in. (19.7 x 13.7 cm)
Signed, titled and dated in ink on the verso.

Estimate
$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $23,750

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Photographs

New York Auction 4 April 2016