"You got eyes": Robert Frank's The Americans; Signed by Him
Frank, Robert; Introduction by Jack Kerouac.$1,150.00
Item Number: 98967
Germany: Steidl/ Washington DC: National Gallery of Art, 2008.
First edition of the 50th Anniversary of the photographer’s classic work. Oblong quarto, illustrated throughout. Boldly signed by Robert Frank on the half-title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Introduction by Jack Kerouac.
Jack Kerouac wrote in his preface of The Americans, "Robert Frank he sucked a sad poem out of America onto film, taking rank among the tragic poets of the world. To Robert Frank I now give this message. You got eyes." Franks Américains eventually achieved legendary status as "the most renowned photobook of all It struck a chord with a whole generation of American photographers Many memorable photobooks have been derived from this mass of material. None has been more memorable, more influential, nor more fully realized than Franks masterpiece" (Parr & Badger I:247). "From the more than 20,000 images that resulted, Frank eventually chose 83 of them and arranged them into four chapters With these photographs, he later wrote, I have attempted to show a cross-section of the American population. My effort was to express it simply and without confusion. The view is personal Such a simple intention for a book that would so alter the course of modern photography" (Roth, 150).