Robert Frank is one of the most influential contemporary photographers, whose style had a profound impact on post-war photographic language. A Guggenheim Fellowship in 1955 allowed him to go on a two-year road-trip across the United States, shooting scenes of ordinary American life. A selection of eighty-three of the more than twenty-eight thousand photographs that he took during this period ended up being published as The Americans, the most important book in the history of twentieth century photography. The catalogue includes the images selected for the exhibition Storylines, co-produced by MACBA and London’s Tate Modern, which offered a comprehensive survey of the Swiss photographer’s career from the forties to 2004.
Developed in close collaboration with the artist, Robert Frank is the most comprehensive survey of a career that has continued to develop and break new ground since the 1950s. Photographs from locations including Peru, London, Wales, Detroit and Chicago, Coney Island and Birmingham will be combined with Polaroids, contact sheets from The Americans, ephemera and a selection of films. Many of the images have never previously been published.