Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/06/28

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Robert Frank in Ottawa
From: "Steve LeHuray" <>
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 10:51:11 -0500

> Robert Frank....For whatever it's worth, I'd suggest that Robert Frank is in
> some ways a tragic figure in terms of photography in that he was someone
> with an incredible vision, and pretty amazing visual skills, who, in a
> sense, abandoned that vision and those skills to move in other directions. I
> know there are those who will disagree with me - :-) - but I think that if
> he is judge by what he's done in those "other directions," he'd be
> considered a very minor figure. It is only because of The Americans that
> anyone pays any attention to Frank.
> B. D.
> Throwing the old grenade and ducking.;-)

I mostly agree, and if Jack kerouac had not written the forward to the
Americans there would have been no book. Further, 'The Americans' was/is
loved by the far left 'blame America first' crowd. Having said that some of
Frank's work other than 'The Americans' is brilliant.

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