Robert Frank’s Birthday

Robert Frank & Allen Ginsberg. 1989. – Photograph by Ai Weiwei –  Inkjet on Fantac Innova Ultra Smooth Gloss. Printed on 20 x 24-inch paper. Courtesy of Three Shadows Photography Art Centre and Chambers Fine Art

It’s Robert Frank‘s birthday today. He’s 89 years old

Previous Frank birthday celebrations on the Allen Ginsberg Project may be found here and here.

Gerald Fox‘s 2005 tv documentary, “Leaving Home Coming Home – A Portrait of Robert Frank” is rarely seen. As author and tv presenter, Melvyn Bragg, declares, in his introduction – “He (Frank) never gives interviews of any kind, but on the occasion (in London) of his Tate (Gallery) show, and (of) his 80th birthday, he agreed to make a once-and-only film for (Granada/ITV’s) The South Bank Show..”

2019 update – A revised and extended version is now available –  see here

Fox recalls “the ups and downs of the making the film with the notoriously reticent photographer” here .

We salute you Robert, (Robert – “You got eyes”) on your birthday.

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