Edition 2018

Robert Frank

Born 1924, Zurich, Switzerland.
Lives and works in New York, United States.
Robert Frank began his career during the war years in Switzerland. After moving to New York in 1947 he briefly worked for Harper’s Bazaar but spent much of the following years travelling in Europe and South America. After returning to the United States in 1953 he embarked on an epic road trip that resulted in the groundbreaking photo-book Les Américains (1958). In 1959 Frank started a second career as an independent filmmaker, directing highly personal films that often mixed fiction and reality. In the early 1970s he began making complex multiple prints and photo-montages with handwritten comments that became increasingly autobiographical. These works definitively established Robert Frank as one of the most innovative visual artists of the 20th century.
  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture