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FRANK, Robert.

Les Américains.

Paris: Robert Delpire, 1958 Stock Code: 133176
£3,500.00
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"Arguably the most renowned photobook of all"

First edition, first printing, an exceptional copy with almost none of usual toning. "Robert Frank's masterpiece has become so much the photobook of legend in its first American edition Grove Press, New York, 1959 that it is often forgotten that Delpire's original Paris edition was a different book. Its accompanying texts, gathered by Alain Bosquet, placed it more in a socio-documentary context - with a politically antagonistic, even anti-American point of view. What has made this arguably the most renowned photobook of all? Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, the majority of the pictures are instantly memorable, 'dry, lean, and transparent,' as John Szarkowski has said of them, yet also weighty and profound, even heartstopping. Secondly, there is the sequencing... Ideas ebb and flow, are introduced, discarded, recapitulated, transfigured, transposed, played off and piled up against each other with the exuberant energy of a Charlie Parker saxophone solo" (Parr & Badger).

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Description

Oblong octavo. Original laminated boards decorated with a design by Saul Steinberg.

Illustrations

Illustrated throughout with monochrome plates from photographs by Robert Frank.

Condition

Very faint toning to spine only, otherwise a fine copy.

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