The Americans. Robert Frank. Introduction by Jack Kerouac. An Aperture Monograph, New York, 1978. 181 pp. Unpaginated. Oblong quarto. Third edition (first thus) Cloth in photo-illustrated dustjacket. Black-and-white reproductions printed by Rapaport. Original shrink wrap (visible in illustrations).
Aperture's 1978 re-issue of Frank's classic in a larger trim-size.
"...paved the way for three decades of photographs exploring the personal poetics of lived experience. Many memorable photobooks have been derived from this mass of material. None has been more memorable, more influential, nor more fully realized than Franks's masterpiece."--Parr and Badger, The Photobook: A History, Vol. I
"The book stunned me. It made sense, it was the world I saw around me, or thought I had, until that moment. The pictures where sad, but full of grace and a strange sense of hope. The technique seemed just right, and since I was young and had nothing of a past hold on to, nothing radical. It was just perfect.
"The book started everything.
"Robert has since kept the sadness, but lost the grace. The book has its pages falling out (worst photo book binding in history). I had a day, a few years later when the Atget hit like a lightning bolt, but that book had started it all.
Robert, thank you for 1962 and all the years since."--John Gossage
In original shrink wrap, punctured a bit at upper edge, allowing for trace of foxing to page edges.