The Swiss-born Frank, who died Monday at the age of 94, rose to prominence by capturing the loneliness and heartache of post-war American life in his 1958 photo book The Americans. Traveling across his adopted homeland, Frank documented the poverty and racism that lay beneath the myth of the American dream, including the banalities of everyday life. “I was tired of romanticism,” he explained.
How will he be remembered? Observers say he “changed the course of American photography” by documenting gritty realities.
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