Photographs by Robert Frank.
Steidl/The Robert Frank Project, 2009. 48 pp., 40 tritone illustrations, 8x10¾".
When Robert Frank immigrated to New York from Zurich in 1947, having apprenticed with commercial
photographers in his hometown, the aspiring young photographer brought along his
portfolio to help him secure employment. Portfolio is the facsimile version of this fascinating
object. Containing Frank’s earliest original photographs as well the work of other photographers
which he had retouched, the portfolio presents images of rural life in Switzerland alongside
alpine landscapes, cityscapes and still-lifes. A guaranteed collector’s item, this slim, beautifully
printed volume contains the seeds of a career of such scope and influence that even the ambitious
23-year-old Robert Frank could never have anticipated it.