Photographs by Henry Frank. Edited by Robert Frank, François-Marie
Steidl/The Robert Frank Project, 2011. 88 pp., 47 tritone illustrations, 5½x6½".
Robert Frank’s father, Henry,was both the
proprietor of a bicycle shop in Zurich, and a keen
amateur photographer. Album makes public
for the first time a selection of Henry Frank’s
photographs, including landscapes, family
portraits, still-lifes and cityscapes.When Robert
Frank emigrated to the United States in 1947, a
wooden box containing his father’s stereophotographs
was one of the few objects he brought
with him. In 2008, that box and the fragile
photographic glass plates within it were handescorted
to Steidl in Göttingen, Germany, where
they were scanned in tri-tone in preparation for
this book. Designed by Robert Frank, Album
reveals Henry Frank to be a talented photographer,
a keen traveler and an enthusiast of
modern means of transport. This intimatelydesigned
photo album is a revelation of the
unknown photographer Henry Frank, and a
historical photographic document of the early
twentieth century, as well as a new chapter
in Robert Frank’s ongoing bookmaking.
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