Robert Frank: The Americans at the Metropolitan

The gritty black and white photographs seem to represent a different era in photography where direct but poetic observation was the “trend”.    Reading the draft Guggenheim proposals were a highlight and was surprised that some vintage prints were so large.

When Robert Frank was a visiting artist at Yale, I thought it odd when he left the room when we played the video of his son Pablo, but that stuck with me–the idea that recording something emotional might be too much even for the artist, and this act photographing does not render powerful moments numb.

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