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London

A work made of gelatin silver print.
© Robert Frank

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

1951/52

Artist:

Robert Frank
American, born Switzerland, 1924–2019

About this artwork

“London was black, white, and gray, the elegance, the style, all present in front of always changing fog.” Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank wrote this description of his 1951 trip to England over 50 years later, recalling the paradoxes he captured in his photographic study of bankers in London’s financial district. Impeccably dressed and walking purposefully toward their next destination, the subjects of this photograph seem out of place in their gritty, gloomy surroundings. Frank’s ability to depict the unexpected—and often less than glamorous—subtleties of a particular scene would become one of his greatest talents. Four years after his London visit, Frank received a Guggenheim Fellowship to travel across the United States while pursuing an outsider’s vision of this nation and its inhabitants. The photographs appeared in Frank’s seminal publication, The Americans, drawing both enthusiastic praise and bitter criticism.

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Artist

Robert Frank

Title

London

Origin

United States

Date

Made 1951–1952

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

26.5 × 34.3 cm (image); 27.7 × 35.4 cm (paper)

Credit Line

Gift of David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg

Reference Number

1991.1293

Copyright

© Robert Frank

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