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Every photographer should have this in their library
on 26 August 2008
What a great idea, re-release an out of print book which in its original form costs hundreds of pounds and make it assessable to the multitudes.
I love the images in this book and I am so pleased it has been republished at a reasonable price. This ranks up there with books by Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Bailey and Ansel Adams, each of whom have or had their own style but this book and its images stand out and proven how good Robert Frank was as a photographer.
When this was first published there was uproar in that The Americans showed Americans how they were in society and it caused anger in some areas. this wasn't a sugar coating of Americans but the real thing. Even, Walker Evans said that this book and Franks images had "a bracing, almost stinging manner" . If you get this book you will identify with that description. The only photographer of social photography who gets close in the States is William Klein, who too shot his images close up and very personal.
If you want to see great timeless images, or to start collecting iconic photographic volumes then this is a great place to start.