The Americans | Photos by Robert Frank, 1955-57

Robert Frank, Les Américains. Cover design by Saul Steinberg, 1958

Robert Frank, Coffee Shop, Railway Station, 1955-56
Robert Frank, Reno, Nevada,  1956 
Robert Frank, Covered car, Long Beach, California, 1955-56
Robert Frank, City Hall, Reno, Nevada, 1955-56
Robert Frank, Department store, Lincoln, Nebraska, 1955-56
Robert Frank, Drive- In, Detroit, 1955
Robert Frank, Indianapolis, 1955
Robert Frank, Television studio, Burbank, California 1955-56
Robert Frank, New York City, 1957
Robert Frank, Elevator, Miami Beach, 1955
Robert Frank, Parade, Hoboken, New Jersey, 1955
Robert Frank, The Americans, 1956
Robert Frank, Trolley, New Orleans, 1955
Robert Frank, Motorama, Los Angeles, 1956
Robert Frank, Ranch market, Hollywood, California
Robert Frank, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1955
Robert Frank, U.S. 91, Leaving Blackfoot, Idaho, 1956
Robert Frank, U.S. 285, New Mexico, 1955                     Robert Frank, U.S. 90, En Route to Del Rio, Texas, 1955
Robert Frank, Mary and Pablo in high grass, 1956

Les Américains was first published on 15 May 1958 by Robert Delpire in Paris as part of its Encyclopédie Essentielle series. 
Writings by Simone de Beauvoir, Erskine Caldwell, William Faulkner, Henry Miller and John Steinbeck were included, that 
Delpire positioned opposite Frank's photographs.Text edited by Alain Bosquet.

Wayne Miller, Robert  Frank looking at negatives in California while photographing 'The Americans', 1956

Shortly after returning to New York in 1957, Robert Frank met Beat writer Jack Kerouac on the sidewalk outside a 
party and showed him the photographs from his travels. Kerouac immediately told Frank "Sure I can write something 
about these pictures," and he contributed the introduction to the U.S. edition of The Americans, 1959.

"He sucked a sad poem right out of America onto film, taking rank among the tragic poets of the world.
To Robert Frank now I give this message: You got eyes."

 from Jack Kerouac's Introduction 


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