Recommended: Robert Frank on The Americans at SFMOMA

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Over at SFMOMA there’s a wonderful short piece featuring Robert Frank discussing his photographing the images for his seminal The Americans (1958).

The book, with an introduction by Jack Kerouac, has been described as follows by the National Gallery of Art:

 The book as a whole explores the American people—black and white, military and civilian, urban and rural, poor and middle class—as they gather in drugstores and diners, meet on city streets, mourn at funerals, and congregate in and around cars. With piercing vision, poetic insight, and distinct photographic style, Frank reveals the politics, alienation, power, and injustice at play just beneath the surface of his adopted country.