Looking in: Robert Frank's The Americans
'Like the exhibition, the catalog for Looking in was distinguished by its rigorous scholarship. Its expanded, special edition, which included the full contents of "The Americans" as well as scholarly essays, facsimiles of contact sheets, photographer notes and correspondences, and other archival materials, functioned much like a massive and comprehensive finding guide, though limited to only one of Mr. Frank's projects.' The New York Times
Published to accompany a major exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2009 and 2010, this beautifully produced and comprehensive catalogue provides an in-depth examination of Robert Frank's first photography book, The Americans, capturing life in 1950s America.
Drawing on newly examined archival sources, it explores the making of the photographs and the construction of The Americans, using vintage contact sheets, work prints, and letters that chart Frank's journey around the country in 1955/56.
Curator and editor Sarah Greenough and her colleagues also explore the roots of The Americans in Frank's earlier books, which are abundantly illustrated here, and in books by photographers, Walker Evans, Bill Brandt, and others. The 83 original photographs from The Americans are presented in sequence in as near vintage prints as possible.
- Author: Sarah Greenenough, Senior Curator and Head of the Department of Photographs, the National Gallery of Art, Washington,
- Hardcover: 528 pages
- Date published: March 2009
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-3865218063
- Product Dimensions: 29.7 x 24.1 x 5.6 cm