10-20-08 (Robert Franks The Americas)

10-20-08 (Robert Franks The Americas) - Robert Franks...

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Robert Franks “The Americas” Robert Frank and The Americans – Swiss Board artist who provides outsider prospective and exposes many of the things we taken for granted. Tension between the perceptions of the American dream and optism of 1950s the realities of racial discrimination and economic equalities. Frank photographs subcultures based on public space, occupation and public spectacle. People in frank photographs do not look like fit into their environment. People do not look like they like their jobs. Alienation People sharing public space but not sharing conversation. Everything off angel and skewed: the off-center is meant to suggest were catching the moment but the moment is not the whole story it’s a small piece of the story The skew image and off-focusness suggest the in-between movements – when we see one of his photographs, we feel like were getting part of a large systems. 1. Robert Franks “The Americans” 1. During the 1950s, various types of photographical techniques were experimented with. 2. Info on Robert Franks 1. Swiss born photographer who won a grant to travel the country and photographs aspect of American Life 2. His book – The Americans – was not successful in the United States; however, Europe celebrated his book. Later, the United States praised the book for art 1
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Robert Franks “The Americas” 1. French Addition Published 56 and American Addition published 59 3. Because Franks was raised in Switzerland, he sees and photographs the world much differently than Americans; he does not take for grant things such as race, class, gender and religion, all of which Americans typically ignore because these realities are so familiar. 4. This protect was, in a sense, the way of seeing America through eyes of an outsider. 3. Info on Robert Franks Artistic Strategies 1. Does not portray the stereotypical images of the 50 with Suburbia bliss and American Dream coming true and GI starting new families 2. Frank shows us images, not of nuclear families, but of other kinds of groups – groups based on public space, occupation, and public spectacle 3. In the 1950s, the strength of the nuclear family represents American, but the Frank, a Swiss photography, see other parts of American culture which true Americans often over look, thereby spotlighting what we often taken for granted. 4. St. Petersburg 1. Older people sit on the bench, but share a conversation 1. Frank often depicts people sharing an experience in terms of social distance but they often are not conversation 2
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Robert Franks “The Americas” 2. Frank chose to show only half of the old people, cutting of the rest of their body, while a more traditional photography would devoid the entire picture frame to the elderly 2. The back of the bench slices through the middle of the photograph 1. Although we get notice the elderly backs, the strong vertical line of the bench, draws our eyes to background where a car whizzes past on the street. 3.
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