The Americans


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Robert Frank (Zurich, 1924) moved to the US shortly after the Second World War in 1947. After being awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in 1955 he decided to travel through the States. Frank photographed the inhabitants of the ‘land of dreams’ over a period of two years. It was a curious time for the States. America was waging the cold war in the name of the west against the communists of Eastern Europe under the rule of the Soviet Union. It was also a country plagued by widespread racism, struggling as to how to deal with the consumer society it had created. A story of a super power struggling with itself.

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