Robert Frank - Photographs New York Wednesday, October 11, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, 1997
    Collection of Ruth and Jake Bloom, Los Angeles
    Sotheby's, New York, Robert Frank: The Americans, The Ruth and Jake Bloom Collection, 17 December 2015
    Grisebach GMBH, Berlin, Germany, 1 December 2021
    Private Collection, New York

  • Literature

    Scalo, The Americans, p. 159
    Greenough, Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans, p. 300

  • 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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Courthouse Square, Elizabethville, North Carolina

Gelatin silver print, printed later.
12 x 7 7/8 in. (30.5 x 20 cm)
Signed, dated, and annotated 'Elisabethville, S.C. [sic]' in ink in the margin.

$10,000 - 15,000 

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Sarah Krueger
Head of Department, Photographs


Vanessa Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs and Chairwoman, Americas


New York Auction 11 October 2023