The Americans was published for the first time in France in 1958 and for the second time in the USA a year later. The Americans themselves were not too pleased with the way they had been portrayed by Robert Frank in his book.“That can’t be us?!”The country was not very self-reflective at the time. Frank avidly recorded modern America and created a whole new visual language in the process. This body of work is undeniably worthy of an ode and the expanded edition provides just this. In the form of the original photos, contact sheets, essays and letters to and from Frank’s contemporaries such as Walker Evans and Jack Kerouac, the Expanded Edition reveals the making of a masterpiece.
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