Share10 September 2019 The New York Times reports the death of Robert Frank, one of the giants of photography of the 900. Of Swiss origin and naturalized American, he was 94 years old.
After a first phase in which he worked as an assistant photographer, in 1947 he moved to the USA, where he began collaborating with Harper's Bazar as a fashion photographer. At the same time, as a freelance, he realizes several reports traveling in Latin America and Europe. In the fifties the turning point. Frank leaves fashion photography to devote himself exclusively to reportage. In 1958, after a long journey in deep America, with Groove Press he published one of his most famous works, 'The Americans'. Friend of the principal members of the Beat generation, he collaborates with Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso.
In the 1960s he abandoned photography to devote himself to cinema and then returned to photography in the late 1970s. In 1994 he donated most of his artistic material to the National Gallery of Art in Washington which created the Robert Frank Collection. Between 2005 and 2006 a further retrospective of his artistic life travels the world: this is the exhibition 'Robert Frank: Story Lines', started from London in November 2004.