Friday, June 5, 2009
Inside "The Americans"
Currently on exhibition through August 23rd at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is Looking In: Inside Robert Frank's The Americans, an in-depth look at Frank's seminal work from 1958 that changed modern American photography.
The 83 photos in this collection were selected from more than 25,000 pictures that Frank took in 1955 on a road trip across America. In the foreword to The Americans, Jack Kerouac wrote that Frank "sucked a sad poem right out of America onto film, taking rank among the tragic poets of the world." Frank was conscious of the metaphorical quality of his pictures. He famously said that "when people look at my pictures I want them to feel the way they do when they want to read a line of a poem twice."
Sarah Greenough, senior curator of the National Gallery of Art, talks about the exhibition in the video below: