In memory of Robert Frank, November 9, 1924 – September 9, 2019

His one book, Les Américains was published first in 1958, then in 1959 as The Americans. [See the Wikipedia entry on him.]

Must admit that I never owned the book, though this is the version to buy now, I believe. Offhand, I cannot think of another single book that had such a profound influence on photography (The Family of Man, perhaps?)

At the time, he was a strong influence on me…

Nebraska State Fair, ~1970

Going back further on this blog of mine, you can find some earlier, Việt Nam pictures that reflect the influence of Robert Frank.

Later, the Web introduced me to Fred Herzog, Saul Leiter, and others, from whom I learned color and formal abstraction (?).

So, goodbye and thank you, Robert Frank.


Stephen said...

Fred, too, just died.

Your Name Here said...

Oh, dear. I am so sorry. I am not sure anyone is left now.

Miguel Tejada-Flores said...


A lot of inspiration here.

And one hell of a lot of amazing images.