Robert Frank

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Date of Birth November 9, 1924
Place of Birth Zurich, Switzerland
Date of Death Sep 9, 2019 (94)
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Robert Frank was a Swiss photographer and documentary filmmaker, who became an American binational. His most notable work, the 1958 book titled The Americans, earned Frank comparisons to a modern-day de Tocqueville for his fresh and nuanced outsider's view of American society. Critic Sean O'Hagan, writing in The Guardian in 2014, said The Americans "changed the nature of photography, what it could say and how it could say it. [... ] it remains perhaps the most influential photography book of the 20th century." Frank later expanded into film and video and experimented with manipulating photographs and photomontage.

Born: November 09, 1924, Zürich, Switzerland
Died: September 09, 2019, Inverness, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada
Nationality: Swiss-American
Known for: Photography, film directing
Notable work: The Americans
Spouse(s): Mary Frank (divorced), June Leaf
Children: 2
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About Robert Frank

Prominent photographer and documentary filmmaker most well known for his 1959 photography book The Americans.

Before Fame

He began his career in 1947 as a fashion photographer for Harper's Bazaar.


Some of his most well known films include Pull My Daisy, narrated by Jack Kerouac, and Cocksucker Blues, a documentary about the Rolling Stones.

Family Life

He was married to artist Mary Frank from 1950 to 1969. The pair had two children, Andrea and Pablo. He later married June Leaf.


He worked alongside Edward Steichen on the MoMA exhibition 51 American Photographers.

Information related to Robert Frank

  • Swiss photographers
  • Social documentary photographers
  • Street photographers
  • Swiss emigrants to the United States
  • American expatriates in Canada
  • 21st-century American photographers
  • 20th-century American photographers
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Latest information about Robert Frank updated on October 22, 2020.

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