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This month’s challenge is “Trip”. Granted this theme could be viewed in many different ways, we thought it would be fun to introduce Robert Frank’s The Americans. This was one hell of a trip for him- Shooting 27,000 images, condensed down to a final edit of 83 black and white images back in the 1950’s.
This is a very important photographic book for many reasons but one is that it revolutionalized the way photography was and is now taken. Lucky for all those street photographers them came after him. Frank’s cutting perspective on the American culture, combined with his carefree attitude toward the traditional photographic technique (low light, under or over exposed, called sloppy by some critics) of all the social classes of American society. This set of images shocked most Americans who saw it at the time. This book was highly influential in post-war American photography as he gave a clear contrast to most of the other American photojournalists who were photographing for Life Magazine in a very different story-telling way. The Americans was published in France in 1958, and the following year in the United States (U.S.A. was very critical of this book).
If you are interested in knowing more about how to photograph all the elements of a story or more about Robert Frank, why not check out our Street and Documentary Photography course here in London.