For two years, Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank, traveled by car throughout the United States, amassing over 20,000 negatives all taken with his hand-held Leica camera. Frank’s photographs, which have become landmarks in the history of photography, reveal unplanned compositions with a wide emotional scope. Describing this emotional response of Frank’s portfolio, Jack Kerouac wrote: “After seeing these pictures you end up finally not knowing whether a jukebox is sadder than a coffin.” The edited portfolio of 83 photographs was published as The Americans in 1959 by Grove Press in New York. In this 50th anniversary year of its publication, MOCA presents a rare showing of the complete set of photographs.
Showing now at MOCA Grand Ave, Los Angeles through October 19th, 2009.
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