The Americans. Robert Frank. Introduction by Jack Kerouac. Grove Press, New York, 1959. 180 pp. Unpaginated. Oblong quarto. First edition. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dustjacket. 83 Black-and-white reproductions.
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"...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
"It was Frank's The Americans that made the photographic book into an artform in its own right. Frank was following a lead set by Morris' book [The Inhabitants] and, especially, by Evans' American Photographs, both of which are designed to let pictures play off each other in a way that controls and reinforces their effect on the viewer. Even Klein's New York book displays this tendency. But Frank's goes much further, creating a denser, richer, deeper structure of images than any book before it."--Colin Westerbeck in Michel Frizot, et. al., The New History of Photography
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Near Fine+ in Very Good dust jacket; corners ever so slightly pushed; light wear to extremities with a trace of tanning at crown and base of spine; tiny spot of soiling lower page edges. Jacket lightly abraded along spine; horizontal tear near its base; edge wear and small edge tears (none larger than 1/2")