Robert Frank: 1924 – 2019

It is reported that the photographer died today in Canada at the age of 94. 

Born in Switzerland, he came to the United States when he was 23 and from then on, documented what the country is.

Not what people say it is. 

What it is as evidenced on the streets, in houses, in shops, in buses.  Everywhere people live and work and move around and relax. 

Wherever he traveled abroad, ‘ordinary’ life continued to be the mainstay of his interest.


His work is the antithesis of the glib, curated views of people and places and things which inundate us and fake our lives and create dreams for us of unreachable horizons.


I hope his work lives forever.




Credit Robert Frank, via Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York.  Published on the New York Times website today.



Feature image is Credit Robert Frank, via Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York.  Published today on the New York Times website















2 thoughts on “Robert Frank: 1924 – 2019

    1. Yes. This culling seems to be all of a piece with this man’s moral rectitude – I don’t know what else to call it. He was given the opportunity when he came to the US to work high fashion and refused even though he would have made a lot of money fast.

      The saddest part is the death of his two children. He lived more than 40 years without them and his later work is full of them.

      Sarah. Thanks for the comment.

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