Frases de Robert Frank

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Robert Frank

Data de nascimento: 9. Novembro 1924
Data de falecimento: 9. Setembro 2019

Robert Frank was a Swiss photographer and documentary filmmaker, who became an American binational. His most notable work, the 1958 book titled The Americans, earned Frank comparisons to a modern-day de Tocqueville for his fresh and nuanced outsider's view of American society. Critic Sean O'Hagan, writing in The Guardian in 2014, said The Americans "changed the nature of photography, what it could say and how it could say it. [ ... ] it remains perhaps the most influential photography book of the 20th century." Frank later expanded into film and video and experimented with manipulating photographs and photomontage.

Citações Robert Frank

„Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference“

—  Robert Frank

Robert Frank, "Statement, 1958"; republished in: Vicki Goldberg. Photography in Print: Writings from 1816 to the Present https://books.google.nl/books?id=U3qXOp1iT6QC&pg=PA401, 1981, p. 401
Variante: Life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference and it is important to see what is invisible to others.
Contexto: I have been frequently accused of deliberately twisting subject matter to my point of view. Above all, I know that life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference. Opinion often consists of a kind of criticism. But criticism can come out of love. It is important to see what is invisible to others — perhaps the look of hope or the look of sadness. Also, it is always the instantaneous reaction to oneself that produces a photograph.
My photographs are not planned or composed in advance, and I do not anticipate that the onlooker will share my viewpoint. However, I feel that if my photograph leaves an image on his mind, something has been accomplished.

„People are my favourite subject because there are no two alike, so my work never becomes routine.“

—  Robert Frank

Robert Frank interview in: Tom Ang (2010), The Complete Photographer https://books.google.nl/books?id=HX-Fcm6XP5UC&pg=PA43, p. 43

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