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

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  • Provenance

    Lunn LTD., New York
    Robert Freidus Gallery, New York

  • Literature

    U.S. Camera, 1958, special insert, likely this print
    Greenough, Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans, p. 477

  • Catalogue Essay

    According to Sarah Greenough’s research in Looking In, Robert Frank at one point considered this image in an alternative sequencing for The Americans. As of this writing, it is believed that a print of this image has never appeared at auction before.

  • 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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New Mexico

Gelatin silver print.
8 3/8 x 13 in. (21.3 x 33 cm)
Signed, titled and dated in ink in the margin; titled, dated in pencil, 'Robert Frank Archive', 'Annuals 584' and copyright credit stamps on the verso.

$40,000 - 60,000 

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New York Auction 4 October 2018