Photographer, Director and Cameraman
The Confederation is paying tribute to the 85 year old Swiss photographer, Robert Frank, for his life's work. Few people made such a lasting impression on photography in the second half of the 20th century as he did.
After training as a photographer and working to begin with in Switzerland, Robert Frank emigrated to New York in 1947. His first appointment was with Harper's Bazaar. Until the mid-50s he travelled in South America, Europe and the USA, sometimes commissioned by such magazines as Life and Vogue.
In what must surely be his most important publication ‘Les Américains' (1958), ‘The Americans' (1959), Frank chose 83 photographs from 28,000 images which deserve to be regarded as the documentation of an entire civilisation. In this series of pictures, he developed a completely unique and new style of photography which paved the way for many later artists. His films deserve to be much better known. With his first work ‘Pull My Daisy' (1959), modelled on an idea of Jack Kerouac, he successfully painted a fascinating portrait of the beat generation in which the beat poet Allen Ginsberg himself plays a role.
His works are still shown today by leading museums all over the world.