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The Resource American witness : the art and life of Robert Frank, RJ Smith

American witness : the art and life of Robert Frank, RJ Smith

Label
American witness : the art and life of Robert Frank
Title
American witness
Title remainder
the art and life of Robert Frank
Statement of responsibility
RJ Smith
Title variation
Art and life of Robert Frank
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"American Witness is the first comprehensive look at the life of a man who's as mysterious and evasive as he is prolific and gifted. Leaving his rigid Switzerland for the more fluid United States in 1947, Frank found himself at the red-hot social center of bohemian New York in the '50s and '60s, becoming friends with everyone from Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Peter Orlovsky to photographer Walker Evans, actor Zero Mostel, painter Willem de Kooning, filmmaker Jonas Mekas, Bob Dylan, writer Rudy Wirlitzer, jazz musicians Ornette Coleman and Charles Mingus, and more. Frank roamed the country with his young family, taking roughly 27,000 photographs and collecting 83 of them into what is still his most famous work: The Americans. His was an America nobody had seen before, and if it was harshly criticized upon publication for its portrait of a divided country, the collection gradually grew to be recognized as a transformative American vision. And then he turned his back on certain success, giving up photography to reinvent himself as a film and video maker. Frank helped found the American independent cinema of the 1960s and made a legendary film with the Rolling Stones. Today, the nonagenarian is an embodiment of restless creativity and a symbol of what it costs to remain original in America, his life defined by never repeating himself, never being satisfied. American Witness is a portrait of a singular artist and the country that he saw"--Dust jacket
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
LNC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1959-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Smith, R. J.
Dewey number
  • 770.92
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
TR140.F673
LC item number
S65 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Frank, Robert
  • Photographers
  • Photography, Artistic
Target audience
adult
Label
American witness : the art and life of Robert Frank, RJ Smith
Instantiates
Publication
Bar code
  • 31223122743017
  • 31223122743868
  • 31223122743025
  • 31223122743009
  • 31223122743900
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-305) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 327 pages
Isbn
9780306823367
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1008588498
Label
American witness : the art and life of Robert Frank, RJ Smith
Publication
Bar code
  • 31223122743017
  • 31223122743868
  • 31223122743025
  • 31223122743009
  • 31223122743900
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-305) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 327 pages
Isbn
9780306823367
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1008588498

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