Frank’s photography and films have been the subject of exhibitions worldwide since Edward Steichen first included Frank’s photographs in the 1950 group show 51 American Photographers at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
The MACBA exhibition included a selection of over 270 works – including photographs, photomontages, films, videos and artist’s books – which placed the emphasis on the narrative and sequential nature of his work. Elson lecture, 2009: Robert Frank (Audio) In this podcast of the annual Elson Lecture, recorded on March 26, 2009, Robert Frank speaks with curator Sarah Greenough about his career before, during, and after The Americans. Robert Frank (Zurich, 1924) is one of the most influential contemporary photographers of the second half of the twentieth century. Critic Sean O'Hagan, writing in The Guardian in 2014, said The …
Pop-up exhibition installation and deinstallation open to the public May 11–13 and May 26. Robert Frank (November 9, 1924 – September 9, 2019) was a Swiss photographer and documentary filmmaker, who became an American binational.His most notable work, the 1958 book titled The Americans, earned Frank comparisons to a modern-day de Tocqueville for his fresh and nuanced outsider's view of American society. Frank was given his first solo show by the Art Institute of Chicago in 1961 and others soon followed. This exhibition celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of The Americans, Robert Frank's influential suite of black-and-white photographs made on a cross-country road trip in 1955–56.Although Frank's depiction of American life was criticized when the book was released in the U.S. in 1959, it soon became recognized as a masterpiece of street photography. Robert Frank: Books and Films, 1947-2019 Robert Frank: Books and Films, 1947–2019 is the first exhibition to explore Robert Frank’s entire oeuvre as one of the most influential photographers in the history of the medium – from his first photographic experiments as a youth in Zurich, to his last, and perhaps most personal book Good days Quiet (2019).
About the 2009 exhibition, Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans.