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By RJ Smith

ISBN-10: 0306823365

ISBN-13: 9780306823367

From the writer of the acclaimed James Brown biography The One comes the 1st in-depth biography of well known photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank, top identified for his landmark ebook The Americans.

As recognized as Robert Frank the photographer is, few can say they truly comprehend Robert Frank the fellow. Born and raised in wartime Switzerland, Frank came across the ability and attract of images at an early age and quick realized that the artwork intended considerably extra to him than the money, good fortune, or reputation. The paintings was once all, and he meant to spend a life-time pursuing it.

American Witness is the 1st entire examine the lifetime of a guy who is as mysterious and evasive as he's prolific and talented. Leaving his inflexible Switzerland for the extra fluid usa in 1947, Frank came across himself on the red-hot social middle of bohemian big apple within the '50s and '60s, changing into pals with every person from Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Peter Orlovsky to photographer Walker Evans, actor 0 Mostel, painter Willem de Kooning, filmmaker Jonas Mekas, Bob Dylan, author Rudy Wirlitzer, jazz musicians Ornette Coleman and Charles Mingus, and extra. Frank roamed the rustic along with his younger family members, taking approximately 27,000 photos and accumulating eighty three of them into what's nonetheless his most renowned paintings: The Americans. His was once an the United States not anyone had obvious sooner than, and if it was once harshly criticized upon ebook for its portrait of a divided nation, the gathering progressively became well-known as a transformative American vision.

And then he became his again on convinced luck, giving up images to reinvent himself as a movie and video maker. Frank helped discovered the yank self sufficient cinema of the Sixties and made a mythical movie with the Rolling Stones. this present day, the nonagenarian is an embodiment of stressed creativity and an emblem of what it bills to stay unique in the USA, his existence outlined via by no means repeating himself, by no means being happy. American Witness is a portrait of a unique artist and the rustic that he saw.

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