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

    Acquired directly from the artist, 1985

  • Literature

    Pantheon, Robert Frank: The Lines of My Hand, n.p.
    Scalo, Robert Frank: Hold Still, Keep Going, p. 72
    Steichen, Family of Man, p. 91 (variant)

  • 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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White Tower

Gelatin silver print.
6 3/8 x 13 1/2 in. (16.2 x 34.3 cm)
Signed, titled, dated and annotated 'NYC' in ink on the verso.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $23,940

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New York Auction 7 October 2021