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Artist of the moment………Photographer Robert Frank

 

Robert Frank was born in Zurich, Switzerland in the year 1924. Frank is renown for his photography featuring the many classes of people and ethnic groups that make up America. Frank produced a book of his images called the Americans in 1958.

Coming from Europe, the artist found the pace of life in America to fast. He also thought too much attention is given to money.

Here we see a collection of works by Robert Frank presented by the Smithsonian:

Price range information: Works range from $5,000 to nearly $700,000 for his famous work featuring a trolley car in New Orleans. This work is the third from the bottom in the picture gallery.

In addition to photography Frank was a film maker who enjoyed shooting documentaries. The artist produced a film that covered the Rolling Stones whilst on a music tour. The film was controversial and the Stones ended up suing Frank for the copyright to the film. The movie can only be shown 5 times per year and Frank must be present.

What an interesting story. As compared to other New York City area photographers such as Diana Arbus, already profiled here, who captured dwarfs and very unique people in the big Apple. Frank travelled the world over shooting wonderful works of people going about their daily business. His highest selling work, the trolley, is a great snapshot of American life in a major metropolitan city.

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