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Robert Frank

Zurich, Switzerland 1924 – 2019 Inverness, Canada

”Elisabethville, S.C.” [sic], Courthouse Square, Elizabethville, North Carolina. 1955

Gelatin silver print, 1970s. 30,6 × 20,3 cm (35,4 × 27,7 cm). (12 × 8 in. (13 ⅞ × 10 ⅞ in.)) In the margin lower right signed in black felt-tip pen, dated and titled lower left. Inscribed and numbered in pencil on the reverse.  [2000]

ProvenanceFormerly „The Ruth and Jake Bloom Collection"

EUR 15.000 – 20.000
USD 17,400 – 23,300

Sold for:
15,000 EUR (incl. premium)

„Elisabethville, S.C.“ [sic], Courthouse Square, Elizabethville, North Carolina

Auction 335Wednesday, 1 December 2021
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Literature and IllustrationRobert Frank: The Americans. Photographs. New York 1959, p. 159 / Exh. cat.: Robert Frank: Storylines. London, Tate Modern; Barcelona, Meseu d'Art Contemporani; Winterthur, Fotomuseum und Fotostiftung Switzerland, 2004/05, p. 206 (there contact sheet) / Exh. cat.: Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans. Washington, National Gallery of Art; San Francisco, Museum of Modern Art; New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2009, p. 300

„Robert Frank, Swiss, unobtrusive, nice, with that little camera that he raises and snaps with one hand he sucked a sad poem right out of America onto film, taking rank among the tragic poets of the world.
To Robert Frank I now give this message: You got eyes.“
(Jack Kerouac in his preface to: Robert Frank. The Americans. New York 1959, p. 8)

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