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September 2021
Sensitivities and emulsions
Robert Frank
Carlos Barrantes
#09 - September 2021

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.

Films of September 2021  

Articles of the month

Circuit of the month

To me, the printer is my key co-worker, my soul brother; but for him, the photos wouldn't exist!
- Bernard Plossu
The impulses of the city are infinite. I couldn’t possibly hope to frame it. I just simply had to be there.
- Guy Tillim

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Further exploration

• PULL MY DAISY (1959)

• ME & MY BROTHER (1965-1968)

• CONVERSATIONS IN VERMONT (1969)

• COCKSUCKER BLUES (1972)

• LIFE DANCES ON (1980)

• HOME IMPROVEMENTS (1985)

• TRUE STORY (2004)

• TUNNEL (2005)

• THE AMERICANS - artist: Robert Frank ; introduction: Jack Kerouac ; 1959 ; Grove Press

• THE LINES OF MY HAND - artist: Robert Frank ; 1972 ; Lustrum Press

• MOVING OUT - artist: Robert Frank ; 1995 ; Scalo 

• LONDON / WALES - artist: Robert Frank ; author: Philip Brookman ; 2007 ; Steidl Verlag 

• PARIS - artist: Robert Frank ; 2008 ; Steidl Verlag 

• PERU - artist: Robert Frank ; 2008 ; Steidl Verlag 

• IN AMERICA - artist: Robert Frank ; 2014 ; Steidl Verlag 

• HOLD STILL - KEEP GOING - artist: Robert Frank ; author: Christophe Ribbat ; 2016 ; Steidl Verlag 

• ROBERT FRANK: GOOD DAYS QUIET - 2019 ; Steidl 

• ROBERT FRANK: BOOKS AND FILMS, 1947-2019 - author: Gerhard Steidl ; 2020 ; Steidl Verlag

• RÉTROSPECTIVE, CARLOS BARRANTES, PHOTOGRAPHE ET TIREUR - 2014 ; Trabucaire editions ; in French

• UN JOUR PARTONS - 2014 ; Mai-Photographies ; in French

• MOUVEMENT - 1999 ;  Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró a Mallorca ; in Spanish

• THE PRINT - authors: Ansel Adams and Robert Baker ; 1995 ; Ansel Adams editions 

• THE PRINT - Time-Life authors ; 1982 ; Little Brown & Co