Robert Frank


It’s Robert Frank‘s birthday today, He would have been 99 years old. Look out for the Centennial celebration next year. Meanwhile, we salute him with the announcement of
Goin’ Down The Road With Robert Frank, a brand new photo collection from Steidl by
Brian Graham, his long-time friend and assistant (Brian was interviewed by John Shoesmith about his involvement in Allen Ginsberg’s photography – here)

The publishers write: “Robert Frank, carefully entwined his life and work, yet the man behind the camera always remained enigmatic. Goin Down The Road With Robert Frank
is a rare insider’s look at Frank’s world..both in and out of the dark room.
Graham’s photos, made between 1979 and 2019, take us behind the scenes of Frank at work
– on location for his 1987 film Candy Mountain, photographing Allen Ginsberg, inspecting contact sheets – and into his private life –  laughing with his wife June Leaf, exploring a thrift shop, even fixing the roof of his Bleecker Street studio.  Candid and spontaneous, Graham’s images are often arranged in filmic sequences that create a sense of events unfolding in real time.”

The photos are framed by nostalgic notes by Graham (as well as by novelist and screenwriter, Rudy Wurlitzer) and the book features also an introduction by Ai Weiwei (another of Graham’s friends from their days together in the 1980s and ’90s in New York on the Lower East Side)

Newark Airport Arrivals, 1984 – photo by Brian Graham from Goin Down The Road With Robert Frank (2023)

See more images from the book – here 

Allen’s relationship with Robert was a deep one. He was a long-time friend (from back in the days of Pull My Daisy), and, when Allen seriously took up the camera again, Allen’s primary photography-guru – See more extensive Allen-and-Robert notes here

Happy 99 Robert!

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