Black, White and Things.
Photographs by Robert Frank
Steidl/The Robert Frank Project, 2010. 80 pp., 37 tritone illustrations, 7¾x8".
Inscribed with the quote,“It is
only with the heart that one can
see rightly / what is essential is
invisible to the eye,” by writer and
pilot Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,
Robert Frank’s handcrafted 1952
book, BlackWhite and Things,was
made in an edition of three identical
copies designed byWerner
Zryd, each with a spiral binding
containing original photographs
of Frank’s travels to cities including
Paris, New York,Valencia and
St. Louis. First reprinted for an
exhibition at the National Gallery
inWashington, D.C., in 1994, this
edition has now been designed in
a smaller format by Frank. The
three categories “black,”“white”
and “things,” are shaped more by
mood than subject matter: vastly
different images—Frank’s first
wife reclining with their newborn
baby, peasants squatting against
a flaking wall in Peru and a
business man strolling past a
snow-filled tree in London—are all
gathered in the “white” section,
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