American Witness: The Art and Life of Robert Frank by RJ Smith

By RJ Smith

A frumpy, distant, depression, and doubtless unknowable guy, Robert Frank came across himself on the red-hot social heart of bohemian long island within the '50s and '60s after emigrating from Switzerland in 1947. He loved shut friendships with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Peter Orlovsky in addition to photographer Walker Evans, author James Agee, and painters Alice Neel and Larry Rivers.

In the mid-'50s, Frank and his family members took a protracted street journey throughout the United States the place he took 27,000 images, eighty three of which might be accrued in The Americans, his best-known paintings. firstly harshly criticized for its bleak portrait of a segregated the United States, the gathering progressively grew to become famous as a transformative creative record of the era.

American Witness is a compelling portrait of an outstanding artist and his instances and the seismic effect he had upon them.

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