The Americans

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SCALO, in association with the National Gallery of Art, 1998 - Art - 179 pages
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Introduction by Jack Kerouac. There is no question that Robert Frank's The Americans is the most famous and influential photography book ever published. It was 1959 when the book first came out: a series of deceptively simple photographs that Frank took on a trip through America in '55 and '56, pictures of normal people, everyday scenes: lunch counters, bus depots, cars, and the stangely familiar faces of people we don't quite know but have seen somewhere. They are pictures that saw the "American way of life" as we hadn't yet quite been able to see it ourselves, photographs that condensed the entire life of a nation in classic images that still speak to us today, forty years and several generations later.

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... great introduction to photography. - Goodreads
The photographs made me laugh and made me cry. - Goodreads
A seminal book in American photography. - Goodreads
photographs, so no reading really - but oh so lovely - Goodreads
Interesting book of American photographs from the '50s. - Goodreads
important book within the history of photography - Goodreads

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read with a very cool commentary book where they got a bunch of famous photographers to pick their favorite photograph and explain why. great introduction to photography. Read full review

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I like photography books. Lead to this while reading about Dorothea Lange. Read full review


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About the author (1998)

Robert Frank, Ph.D., is an educational psychologist, family therapist, and assistant professor of psychology at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois. His dyslexia was undiagnosed until graduate school. He is married and the father of two children.

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