Famous Photographer #5

Robert Frank


He was born in 1924 and is still alive at the age of 93. He is a Swiss-American.

Robert is most known for his series called The Americans. The books was the most important photo series since ww2 because it showed what life was like and how people showed there love for the country. Before the book the Guggenheim had given Robert a grant to go cross country and documenting life.

His style of shooting was raw and wanted to capture peoples emotion. Just like I do the capturing a candid moment and letting people be people. Some of the people at the time did not like his style because of the blurry and not having things and people in focus all the time. He was also a freelancer for magazines such as Vouge.

He studies photography and design and you can see that with his photos such as the famous trolley shot. how you could cut the photo up into sections with the window frames. One of his influences was Walker Evans ( who I have made a post about). Film making was also something Robert did as well as still images going back and fourth. 

“Black and white are the colors of photography. To me they symbolize the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.” 
“I am always looking outside, trying to say something that is true. But maybe nothing is really true. Except what’s out there. And what’s out there is constantly changing.”
“My photographs are not planned or composed in advance, and I do not anticipate that the onlooker will share my viewpoint. However, I feel that if my photograph leaves an image on his mind, something has been accomplished.” 

Here is a link to the famous book

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