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In memoriam

Robert Frank​ [1924 — 2019]

Robert Frank began his career in Switzerland during the Second World War. After moving to New York in 1947, he briefly worked for Harper’s Bazaar before traveling in Europe and South America for several years. Upon his return to the United States in 1953, he undertook an epic road trip that led to a groundbreaking photography book, The Americans (1958). In 1959, Frank began a new career as a filmmaker and made films mixing fiction and reality. In the early 1970s, he returned to photography and began creating complex photomontages annotated with his own increasingly autobiographical comments.

In 2018, 60 years after The Americans, the Rencontres d’Arles devoted a major exhibition to him with a selection of images, some legendary, others almost unknown.

The festival pays tribute to one of the 20th century’s most innovative photographers.

© Portrait of Robert Frank: Robert Frank, 1957. Courtesy of Fotostiftung Schweiz.
Posted on 10.09.2019