Robert Frank - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 3, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, 1986

  • Literature

    The Americans, no. 59
    Greenough, Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans, p. 282, Contact no. 59
    Scalo, Robert Frank: Moving Out, p. 155
    Galassi, Walker Evans & Company, pl. 230
    Kismaric, American Politicians: Photographs from 1843 to 1993, p. 154
    Papageorge, Walker Evans and Robert Frank: An Essay on Influence, p. 33

  • 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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Washington D.C.

Gelatin silver print, probably printed in the 1950s.
8 1/4 x 12 3/4 in. (21 x 32.4 cm)
Signed, titled and dated '1956' in ink in the margin.

$15,000 - 25,000 

Sold for $15,000

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New York Auction 4 October 2018