Robert FRANK, Jack Kerouac (introduction)

The Americans

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RE-EDIT (actual, 10th print run!) - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

"First published in France in 1958, then in the United States in 1959, Robert FRANK’s 'The Americans' changed the course of twentieth-century photography.

In eighty-three photographs, Robert FRANK looked beneath the surface of American life to reveal a people plagued by racism, ill-served by their politicians, and rendered numb by a rapidly expanding culture of consumption. Yet he also found novel areas of beauty in simple, overlooked corners of American life.
And it was not just FRANKs subject matter—cars, jukeboxes, and even the road itself—that redefined the icons of America; it was also his seemingly intuitive, immediate, off-kilter style, as well as his method of brilliantly linking his photographs together thematically, conceptually, formally, and linguistically, that made 'The Americans' so innovative.
More of an ode or a poem than a literal document, the book is as powerful and provocative today as it was fifty-six years ago." (publisher's note, © Steidl, 2008)

"This, 'The Americans', is a book every photographer or anyone who wants to be a photographer should own.
All eighty three of them are worth close study, although they work together to produce something much greater than their sum.
'The Americans' is not a book of photographs, it is a book made of photographs, a sequence of pictures to be seen as a whole. It received a mauling on publication from the critics - partly no doubt because of the technical 'deficiencies' or stylistic choices mentioned above, but mainly because it showed a personal view of America that was both foreign and uncongenial to the comfortable middle class which both produced and consumed 'culture' in America.
The general public certainly failed to appreciate it at the time and probably still do not, though it has sold steadily for many years, becoming a classic, with several re-issues to keep it in the catalogues." (amacon critic)

Der Meilenstein bei Café Lehmitz Photobooks in der englisch-sprachigen Wiederauflage!

"Erst 1958 in Frankreich und 1959 in den USA veröffentlicht, veränderte 'The Americans' von Robert FRANK den Lauf der Fotografie des 20. Jahrhunderts.

In 83 Fotografien schaute Robert FRANK hinter die Oberfläche des amerikanischen Lebens, um ein vom Rassismus heimgesuchtes Volk zu offenbaren, das von seinen Politikern schlecht bedient und von einer schnell wachsenden Konsumkultur betäubt wurde.

Dennoch fand er bislang übersehene Areale des amerikanischen Lebens, die von einfacher Schönheit waren. Und es waren nicht nur FRANKs Themen - Autos, Jukeboxes und sogar die Straße selbst -, die die Ikonen Amerikas neu definierten; es war auch sein scheinbar intuitiver, unmittelbarer, aus-dem-Rahmen-fallender Stil, sowie seine Methode, seine Fotografien brillant miteinander thematisch, konzeptuell, formal und sprachlich zu verknüpfen, was 'The Americans' so innovativ machte.

Das Buch ist heute so mächtig und provokativ wie noch vor sechsundfünfzig Jahren. Es ist eine Ode oder ein Gedicht als ein buchstäbliches Dokument." (freie übersetzung des Verlagstextes, © Steidl, 2008)