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Robert Frank

Near Victoria Station, London, 1951

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Lot 38
Gelatin silver print
14.0 x 11.0 in (35.6 x 27.9 cm)
Signed, titled, and dated on recto
Printed 1978


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A prolific photographer and highly influential photojournalist, Swiss-born Robert Frank travelled extensively across Europe and the United States capturing the scenes and subjects he encountered with intimate curiosity and poetic dexterity. In this image of a fiddler, Frank caught a candid and quiet moment against a rapidly industrialized urban canvas, revealing delicate expressions amidst the dark and gritty landscape.

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About Robert Frank

Robert Frank (Swiss-American, b. 1924) is widely considered to be the world’s pre-eminent living photographer. Born in Zurich, he settled in New York in 1953 where he worked as a freelance photographer. After securing a Guggenheim fellowship in 1955, Frank traveled across the country, documenting the people and environments he encountered. The resulting book "The Americans" was a radically original masterpiece whose blurry, asymmetrical, and deliberately informal pictures changed the face of documentary photography. As his reputation grew, Frank went on to become an underground filmmaker, eschewing art world fame and financial success. He currently divides his time between Nova Scotia and NYC.