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Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Looking at Robert Frank’s "The Americans"
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by Terry Dunford (June 2011)


The critical literature on The Americans may be summarized as follows: the book is appreciated as long as it is viewed as a polemic rebuking American culture of the 1950s. more>>>

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Posted on 05/31/2011 4:56 PM by NER
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10 Sep 2012
R. Benson

This essay seems to replace reasonable criticism of academic truisms with wilfull naivete. Frank clearly sequenced and conceived _The Americans_ as a rebuke of the prevailing photo-essays most commonly associated with _Life_ and _Look_ -- look no further than his "Statement" in U. S. Camera Annual Report for supporting evidence. In turn, it's hard to argue that _The Americans_ doesn't offer a critique - even if oblique - of the American Way of Life promulgated in such photoessays.



31 May 2011
Send an emailChristopher S. Carson

 Brilliant.