Robert Frank - Photographs New York Thursday, October 7, 2021 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Michael Dawson Gallery, Los Angeles

  • Literature

    The Americans, 1969, no. 39
    Greenough, Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans, 2009, pl. 39
    Green, American Photography, p. 174

  • 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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Backyard, Venice West, California

Gelatin silver print, printed later.
11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
Signed and dated '77' in ink in the margin; titled and annotated in pencil within a 'Robert Frank Archive' stamp on the verso.

$7,000 - 9,000 

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New York Auction 7 October 2021