Hermits and Myths
Robert Frank is without doubt the most "mythical" of the unknown photographers.
Though recognition came late for his photographic masterpiece The Americans and his dark take on the USA, he was also an independent filmmaker, retired to Nova Scotia, fleeing the celebrations.
To such an extent that in 1994, the New York Times led with "Where have you gone, Robert Frank?"
So when director Gerald Fox got a call from Frank: "OK, I'm up for making a film with you," he had good reason to be surprised! He recalls for us his intense meeting with the photographer that leads to a strong, sensitive film: Leaving Home, Coming Home.
In addition to the award-winning feature film, a short video film is on offer, The Detours of Robert Frank, by a collective of directors. The interview is rare, atypical, as Robert Frank is simple and relaxed, almost debonair. The film also contains excerpts from his films Pull My Daisy, Conversations in Vermont and Home Improvements.
This filmmaker's eye, and Frank's to-ing and fro-ing with photography are at the heart of the article "The Uncomfortable Mr Frank", which includes a complete filmography.
We also continue our exploration of master printers (the other hermits of photography!) with the film Carlos Barrantes, Artist and Artisan by Thomas Goupille. Finally Hervé le Goff returns for us on the craft of printing through his meetings with remarkable printers.