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  • Literature

    Pantheon Books, Robert Frank: The Lines of My Hand, n.p.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Lots 101 through 135 feature Property of a Chicago Collector. Offering a wide historical range from the classic to the contemporary, these 35 lots touch upon defining moments across 100 years of photography, including some of the most revered names in the field, from Eugène Atget to Vik Muniz. Other photographers in the selection whose indelible contributions to the field continue to resonate include André Kertész, Lewis Hine, Maurice Tabard, Louis Faurer and Dorothea Lange, thereby also demonstrating the geographic breadth of the collection. Additionally, with a particular emphasis on the era between the wars, this selection also reflects the incredible diversity in genres—from landscapes to street photography and appropriation—within the field of photographs. Collectively, the works pay homage to the medium while also hinting at the many exciting, endless permutations laying ahead.

  • 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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PROPERTY OF A CHICAGO COLLECTOR

124

Valencia, Spain

1950
Gelatin silver print, printed later.
13 3/4 x 9 1/8 in. (34.9 x 23.2 cm)
Signed, titled and dated in ink in the margin.

Estimate
$7,000 - 9,000 

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2 October 2012
New York