Friday, May 16, 2008

50th Anniversary for "The Americans"

Robert Frank's seminal book, "The Americans," is one of a handful of must-have books for any serious photography collection. Influential to generations of street and documentary photographers, the book captured the essence of the 50s in a way that somehow visually evoked beat poetry and jazz. Yesterday, May 15th, was the 50th anniversary of its publication.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary, Steidl has reprinted The Americans in what apparently is the finest quality reproduction to date. If you care about black-and-white photography and don't already have this important book, I highly recommend it.


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