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.
"...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
See images from the Metropolitan Museum's landmark exhibition Looking In: Robert Frank's The Americans
Near Fine in Near Fine- dust jacket: a bit of fading and wear to board extremities; light staining to lower page edges; touch of foxing to endpapers; lower corners lightly 'pushed'; tiny chip to jacket at crown of spine; scattered foxing recto and verso; a few tiny edge tears and chips (less than 1/4"); overall a nice presentable copy with fairly typical flaws.