Robert Frank - Photographs New York Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gift from the artist to the present owner, 1989

  • Literature

    The Americans, cover, no. 18
    Greenough, Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans, pp. 6-7, 232, 466, Contact no. 18
    Frank, Robert Frank, pl. 34
    Greenough and Brookman, Robert Frank: Moving Out, pp. 172 (contact sheet), 196
    Aperture, The Open Road: Photography & The American Road Trip, p. 43
    Dexter and Weski, Cruel and Tender: The Real in the 20th Century Photograph, p. 109
    Galassi, Walker Evans & Company, pl. 137
    Greenough, Snyder, Travis and Westerbeck, On the Art of Fixing a Shadow: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Photography, p. 357
    High Museum of Art, Chorus of Light: Photographs from the Sir Elton John Collection, p. 89
    Papageorge, Walker Evans and Robert Frank, An Essay on Influence, p. 41
    U. S. Camera, 1958, pp. 106-107
    'Robert Frank,' Aperture, 1961, p. 9

  • 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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Photographs from a Private Collection, New York


Trolley, New Orleans

Gelatin silver print, printed circa 1986.
6 x 9 1/4 in. (15.2 x 23.5 cm)
Signed, titled and dated in ink in the margin.

$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $150,000

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New York Auction 1 October 2019