Sunday, January 18, 2009

Washington Times - PHOTOGRAPHY: Frank perspective

Washington Times - PHOTOGRAPHY: Frank perspective: "PHOTOGRAPHY: Frank perspective
A landmark photography book turns 50 with an exhibition devoted to prescient views

In the mid-1950s, photographer Robert Frank captured an unsentimental picture of America that still resonates today. He spent two years crisscrossing the country to chronicle ordinary people and discovered a population separated by racism, social isolation, political manipulation and rampant consumerism - divisions still ingrained in the culture

Today, the unsettling, gritty scenes of "The Americans" still look fresh, arrayed in a timely exhibition at the National Gallery of Art celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication."


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