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The Americans List: A Salute to Robert Frank

Photographers the world over need no introduction to Robert Frank’s seminal 1950s work The Americans, an exploration of the American ideal from his outsider’s perspective as a Swiss émigré. Taken on a series of road trips around the country, the resulting intuitively-sequenced images —produced with funding from a Guggenheim fellowship—reflect both the dark undercurrents and poetic beauty of American culture.

Originally published in Paris in 1958 and the U.S. a year later, the book’s hallowed pages—containing a mere 83 images—have become one of the most referenced and revered photographic works. Many of the individual frames reside firmly in the collective memory of contemporary photographers who consciously and subconsciously reference the images on a daily basis.

Three years ago, an extensive retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art provided a fascinating and exhaustive insight to The Americans. The show, entitled Looking In, also inspired and facilitated photographer Jason Eskenazi’s recently published appreciation, The Americans List.

In 2009, Eskenazi—himself the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship—was working as a security guard at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Every day for two months, even on Mondays when the exhibition was closed to the public, he stood in close proximity with the work, studying it compulsively, attending special events and asking questions of MET curator Jeff Rosenheim.

While guarding the show, Eskenazi started to ask photographers he knew—famous or not—about their favorite images from the show. Over the next two years, Eskenazi compiled their answers, along with their explanations and thoughts about the work. His compilations eventually evolved into his own book, published this month by Red Hook Editions. In the foreward, Eskenazi writes:

The Americans is probably the one book that connects more photographers than any other, so while guarding the show, I saw many photography colleagues enter. I began asking them what was their knock-out favorite image. Though many said it was too hard to choose and many images were important to them I insisted. I discovered that many of the answers revealed much more about the photographers themselves.”

The Americans List assembles selections by 276 photographers from Joel Meyerowitz (Canal Street – New Orleans. plate #19) and Joseph Koudelka (Covered car – Long Beach, Califonia. plate #34) to Eskenazi’s own personal favorite (Men’s room, railway station – Memphis, Tenn. Plate 52). Eskenazi considers the book a present to the photographic community and a homage to a great living photographer.

Guarding the exhibition also afforded Eskenazi the opportunity to meet the legendary photographer, first at the exhibition opening and then at Frank’s house in New York City, where he asked Frank to confirm the long standing rumor of his own favorite photograph from The Americans (San Francisco. Plate 72).

Eskenazi quit his day job at the end of the Looking In exhibition and has since returned full time to his life as a photographer. “I became very intimate with the work,” Eskenazi says. “It brought me back to life. And Frank was very moved by the book when he was recently given a copy in Nova Scotia.”

Clark Winter

Nova Scotia
September, 2012

Jason Eskenazi is a Istanbul based photographer. See more of his work at JasonEskenazi.com.

The Americans List is published by Red Hook Editions and available through the photo-eye bookstore.

Scott Conarroe, BMW

Scott Conarroe, BMW

Scott Conarroe

Point Bridget, Alaska, 2010
From the By Land, By Sea series
Website – ScottConarroe.com

Scott Conarroe (b. 1974) has a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He has been artist-in-residence at Light Work (US), FLACC (BE), and Villa Strauli (CH), and a Canadian Armed Forces Civilian Artist in the Arctic. Scott was included among PDN's 30 in 2010 and awarded the 2011 Duke and Duchess of York Prize for Photography. His work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Bank of Montreal. Scott is sessional faculty at ECUAD and represented by the Stephen Bulger Gallery. He is based out of Keremeos, British Columbia and Toronto.

Jennifer Greenburg, His First Haircut

Jennifer Greenburg, His First Haircut

Jennifer Greenburg

His First Haircut,
, 2011
From the Revising History series
Website – JenniferGreenburg.com

Jennifer Greenburg is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Indiana University Northwest. She holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from The University of Chicago. She was an artist in residence at Light Work, Syracuse, in 2005 and is a recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Grant and two Community Arts Assistance Programs. Her work is part of the permanent collection of The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Light Work, and the National Gallery of Ontario. Recent exhibitions include the 2011 International Lishui China Photography Exhibition of Distinguished Curators and Infinite Mirror, both of which will be traveling until 2016.  A full-length monograph, The Rockabillies, was published by the Center for American Places in 2009. She is represented by Martha Schneider Gallery, Chicago, JDC Gallery, San Diego, and WallSpace Gallery, Santa Barbara.

“Between the Frames” exhibition opening tomorrow

Microscope Gallery presents the first Brooklyn solo exhibition of the film and video pioneer Takahiko Iimura. Between The Frames is a comprehensive exhibition featuring works made from 1975 to the present, many of which are constantly evolving. dallas county . He will present silk-screen prints, photo prints, drawing of scores on celluloid and DVD, all related film or video,never-before-seen sculptures made from 16mm film loop and more.Iimura has been working with the moving image on film since the 60s and video since the early 70s.

Takahiko Iimura has been a pioneer artist of Japanese experimental film and video, andis recognized as one of the most important Japanese artists today.His work is shown widely with numerous solo shows including MoMA, the Whitney Museum, the National Gallery Jeu de Paume, Paris, Reina Sofia National Museum, Madrid, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo. Iimura currently lives and works in Tokyo and NYC.

“Between the Frames” will be on view at Microscope Gallery from March 19th – April 11th, 2011. The Opening Reception will be held March 19th from 6pm – 9pm. For more info, please visit the gallery’s website at http://www.microscopegallery.com/ .

Arts.21 | Thomas Demand in the New National Gallery

Thomas Demand builds models of the scenes of political and societal events and photographs them. LED TVs . This has made him one of the photographers most in demand today. seo pdf . repair foundation cracks . Now his depictions of German history can be seen in Berlin.