EuropeNewsHamiltons presents a selection of exceptional and rarely seen Robert Frank prints

London (28 Mar – 11 May 2018) Hamiltons presents a selection of exceptional and rarely seen Robert Frank prints, including pictures from Frank’s seminal visit in 1953 to a coal-mining village in Wales, along with a selection of prints from his sojourns in London, Paris and America taken during the 1950s and early 60s.
134712 min

Hamiltons presents a selection of exceptional and rarely seen Robert Frank prints, including pictures from Frank’s seminal visit in 1953 to a coal-mining village in Wales, along with a selection of prints from his sojourns in London, Paris and America taken during the 1950s and early 60s.

Frank’s endeavour to establish a new form of poetic, narrative photography is a common thread throughout these images.

Considered one of the most influential figures in the history of photography – it was Jack Kerouc who first defined Frank as a genius – Frank found fame in the early 1960s with his ground-breaking book The Americans. The series offers a profound insight into the country’s cultural and social conditions and, despite initially perplexing critics due to its unorthodox style, soon became and still remains widely regarded as a pivotal work in 20th century art history.

Its origins can be traced to Frank’s time spent in Paris, and his visit to England and Wales in the 1950s. In Paris, where Frank spent two years in 1949 – 1950, he captured the city’s beauty, viewing its streets as a stage for human activity. As seen in this exhibition, these photographs of Paris taken during that time focus on lonesome, romantic places and people in the city, in particular on the flower sellers. In London, Frank photographed labourers and bankers alike, capturing the city’s spirit following World War II. On one level Frank’s view of London is gloomy, portraying lonely individuals emerging from the nightmare of their recent history, each alienated as they pass people of a different social class. However, his outlook is tempered by capturing the hopeful faces of the children living there. Frank’s camera becomes an extension of his eye, depicting individuals each with their own stories to tell.

In March 1953, inspired by Richard Llewelyn’s poignant 1939 novel How Green Was My Valley, Frank’s exploration of coal-stained Caerau in South Wales began. Wales at the time was isolated from Britain’s financial centre, with a different language and culture and for the most part inhabited by people who had lived there all their lives. Frank sought an isolated community with complex cultural traditions and a history of self–determination, and he found it in this small town where many people lived in impoverished conditions. Frank chose to create a photographic story focused on 53-year-old Ben James, who had worked as a miner since the age of 14, and lived with his family in a house with no running water. Frank was there at the start of a time of transition in the lives of the miners, when the rebuilding of the economy after the Second World War meant mines were being modernised and working conditions were to slowly improve. With permission from the Coal Board and the men themselves to follow and document their daily lives, Frank created a narrative story about James and his family that could be organised as a day in the miner’s life. The emotional complexity with which he treated his subject set a precedent for Frank’s later work, when he would go on to treat all his subjects with a similar poetic sensibility. When the photographs of James were first published in the 1955 issue of U.S. Camera Annual, Frank confessed “I could have followed a livelier and perhaps more colourful Welsh miner but I’m happy I decided to portray Ben James. When I said farewell to him I realised that no future story on any Welsh miner will look as this one does. I’m sure the new generation is essentially the same but I wonder if not having such hardships will make it easier for them.” Having set out to document the miners’ lives during this transitional period, Frank had ended up revealing their humanity from within. Unlike much of the work that picture magazines were publishing at the time, Frank’s documentation of Wales expressed more emotion and delved deeper into people’s inner lives, effectively breaking the rules of documentary photography at the time.

On 27 May 1953, just two months after Frank returned from Wales to USA, Edward Steichen’s Postwar European Photography exhibition opened at The Museum of Modern Art in New York and 22 of Frank’s photographs were shown, most taken in London and Wales. The images of bankers, beggars and miners filled one large wall, floor to ceiling. Within a matter of months, many of the same subjects would capture Frank’s attention in America and he would use the same methods he had refined and developed in Paris, London and Wales in the 1950s. Described by Lou Reed as “the great democratic”, Frank’s search for equality in Wales set the tone for the seminal pictures that became The Americans.

About Robert Frank

Robert Frank was born in 1924 in Zurich, Switzerland. From 1941 Frank embarked on a series of apprenticeships as a photographer’s assistant in his home country. Moving to New York in 1947, Frank was soon hired by Alexey Brodovtich as a fashion photographer for Harper’s Bazaar, which bought with it opportunity to travel. The United States made such an impression on Frank that, after receiving his first Guggenheim Fellowship in 1955, Frank embarked on his two-year trip across America. In 1959 Frank began making films and in 1972, documented the Rolling Stones on tour which is today probably his most well know film. Frank’s photography and films have been the subject of exhibitions worldwide since Edward Steichen first included Frank’s photographs in the 1950 group show 51 American Photographers at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Frank was given his first solo show by the Art Institute of Chicago in 1961 and others soon followed. More recent exhibitions include “Robert Frank: Storylines” at Tate Modern, London in 2004, “Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans” which opened at National Gallery of Art, Washington in 2009 and then travelled to San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Frank has received many honours and his work is now held in numerous collections worldwide including Art Institute of Chicago; Maison European de la Photographie, Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Tate Modern, London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. In 1990 the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., established the Robert Frank Collection. Numerous monographs of Frank’s work exist, including The Americans (1958, 1959), New York to Nova Scotia (1986), London/Wales (2003), to name a few. Robert Frank now lives in New York City.

HAMILTONS

28 Mar – 11 May 2018

13 Carlos Place
W1K 2EU London

www.hamiltonsgallery.com

Latest Stories

Jeff Rothstein ; Street photographer – New York City Images 1969-2006

AmericaB&WCityJeff Rothstein ; Street photographer – New York City Images 1969-2006

I've been photographing my hometown, New York City, for many, many years. To put things in perspective, the Beatles were still making music when I bought my first "serious" camera.
3 weeks ago 20 min 7134
Alveare by Isabella Sommati

B&WEuropeStoryAlveare by Isabella Sommati

I overheard these sentences while shooting in the locker room describe the daily micro eeality of the female universe: different interests, cultures and ages melting in a sport that is usually played by men.
3 weeks ago 10 min 1886
Female symbol by Mona Alikhah

AsiaB&WNudeFemale symbol by Mona Alikhah

Female symbol is the title of my new serie about the feeling of a woman when she hears about her cancer. “You can be a peacock in life, full of life and yet have a broken heart.”
3 weeks ago 7 min 1569
Transfiguration by Lesia Maruschak

AmericaB&WConceptTransfiguration by Lesia Maruschak

Transfiguration revolves around a little girl named Maria - a survivor of the 1932-1933 famine in my homeland of Ukraine. Her parents and 4 million others died because of Stalin’s policy of artificial starvation.
3 weeks ago 8 min 1809
City in Protest by Debarchan Chatterjee

AsiaStoryCity in Protest by Debarchan Chatterjee

On 10th january 2018,a 8-year old girl name Asifa Bano was abducted ,raped and murdered brutally in Rasana village near Kathua in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir.
3 weeks ago 14 min 987
Instant Stage by Ioana Tăut

B&WEuropeShotInstant Stage by Ioana Tăut

The photographs that can be seen in my submission are part of my latest project called “Instant Stage”. The name of the series presents the subject it handles and the medium through which the series was created. 
3 weeks ago 10 min 1615
I surrender, dear

AmericaNewsI surrender, dear

New York (July 10 - August 4, 2018) Umbrella Arts Gallery is pleased to host I Surrender, Dear, an exhibition exploring the emotional equalizer of grief, born from the personal experience of curator Frances Jakubek.
3 weeks ago 5 min 1362
Announcement of the winners of the second edition of Black & White Prizes 2018

B&WNewsAnnouncement of the winners of the second edition of Black & White Prizes 2018

The selection process has been very complicated but we are proud of the final result, and the great reception obtained. In the coming weeks will be published the book Black & White - Best photographers of the year 2018
3 weeks ago 62 min 30510
Birds of pollution by Carmen Sayago

B&WEuropeBirds of pollution by Carmen Sayago

We live in a highly industrialized society in which we coexist daily with an environment saturated with chemical substances. We eat them, we breathe them, we touch them ...
3 weeks ago 11 min 1575
Waking Life by Max Moldau

B&WConceptEuropeWaking Life by Max Moldau

Waking Life is a homage to the disappearing monochrome dream world. Some researchers suppose that it was the childhood exposure to black-and-white photography, movies and later television
3 weeks ago 11 min 1673
Nights without night…and some days without day by Pierre Paul Dumont

AmericaB&WConceptNights without night…and some days without day by Pierre Paul Dumont

This work is realized with stenopeic camera in 2 formats 120mm and 4x5 film. It ‘s about a personal process of involuntary memory, following the steps of Marcel Proust in La Recherche du temps perdu.
3 weeks ago 11 min 1296
Untold by Julien De Wilde

B&WConceptEuropeUntold by Julien De Wilde

Diving deeply within oneself to get rid of the limits formed by our education, our culture, our conditioning and our fears that oppress us until suffocation.
4 weeks ago 7 min 2867
30,000 Dunam by Sofie Berzon MacKie

AsiaB&WStory30,000 Dunam by Sofie Berzon MacKie

Since then Hamas, the Palestinian Sunni-Islamist fundamentalist organization ruling the Gaza Strip, have sent thousands of terror kites  with burning tails and attached explosives over the border from the Gaza Strip to Israel.
4 weeks ago 9 min 2857
Inside the camera bag of Aga Szydlik

AfricaDnaInside the camera bag of Aga Szydlik

Contents of my bag vary depending on the location, theme and the length of the trip, I always try to pack as light as I can, which basically means that I pack my passport, camera gear and very little of other non-essentials.
4 weeks ago 6 min 1373
The Tribal Heartland of India by Tania Chatterjee

AsiaFeaturedStoryThe Tribal Heartland of India by Tania Chatterjee

Bastar is the tribal heartland and treasure trove of ancient Indian culture. Today Bastar, is a part of the State of Chhattisgarh, India. It is a land of undiscovered surprises, with mysterious forests, breath-taking waterfalls
4 weeks ago 13 min 1589

Featured Stories

The Tribal Heartland of India by Tania Chatterjee

AsiaFeaturedStoryThe Tribal Heartland of India by Tania Chatterjee

Bastar is the tribal heartland and treasure trove of ancient Indian culture. Today Bastar, is a part of the State of Chhattisgarh, India. It is a land of undiscovered surprises, with mysterious forests, breath-taking waterfalls
4 weeks ago 13 min 1589
Anthracite by Nick Gandano

B&WEuropeFeaturedShotAnthracite by Nick Gandano

Anthracite is the most metamorphic mineral coal and has the highest carbon content. Its colour ranges from black to metallic grey
4 weeks ago 10 min 4425
Spirit of the Village by Oliver Klink

AmericaB&WFeaturedStorySpirit of the Village by Oliver Klink

Un-numbered homes are the norm, as everybody knows each other.Streets wind in un-orderly fashion over streams of running water, sometimes fresh often as open sewage.
1 month ago 23 min 3538
Kid Jockeys by Alain Schroeder

B&WEuropeFeaturedStoryKid Jockeys by Alain Schroeder

Once a game between neighbors to celebrate a good harvest, horse racing was transformed into a spectator sport by the Dutch in the 20th century to entertain officials and nobility.
1 month ago 15 min 2568
Grabarka by Xavier Ferrer Chust

B&WEuropeFeaturedStoryGrabarka by Xavier Ferrer Chust

This is the most important location of Orthodox worship in Poland. Every year Grabarka is visited by more than 10,000 pilgrims. The Holy Mount Grabarka is an important place for pilgrimages by Orthodox believers in Poland
2 months ago 9 min 1688
Uummannaq by Camille Michel

EuropeFeaturedStoryUummannaq by Camille Michel

Uummannaq is an island in the North West of Greenland, located 590km from the Arctic Circle. ‘Uummannaq’ means “Heart-shaped” in Greenlandic language., so- named due to apparence of the island’s mountain.
2 months ago 16 min 1870
Boarding Through The Streets Of New York by Gary Breckheimer

AmericaB&WFeaturedNudeBoarding Through The Streets Of New York by Gary Breckheimer

As a kid growing up on the beaches of California, skateboarding was the way to get around. A few years ago, I decided to go to New York City and try my hand skateboarding around the city. 
2 months ago 10 min 12563
The Last Nomadic Hunter-Gatherers of the Himalayas by Jan Møller Hansen

B&WEuropeFeaturedStoryThe Last Nomadic Hunter-Gatherers of the Himalayas by Jan Møller Hansen

The nomadic Rautes are the last hunter-gatherers of the Himalayas. The Rautes, who call themselves Kings of Forests, subsist on langur and macaque monkeys, wild yams, rice and a few kinds of vegetables traded from local farmers.
2 months ago 13 min 2844
The Wat Phra Kaew’s Guide Book by Artyt

AsiaCityFeaturedThe Wat Phra Kaew’s Guide Book by Artyt

This Project is about “Wat Phra Kaew”. Wat Phra Kaew is regarded as the most sacred buddhist temple in Thailand. Everyday, Wat Phra Kaew is full of tourists from around the world.
2 months ago 9 min 1443
Urban sprawl series by Emmanuel Monzon

AmericaB&WCityFeaturedUrban sprawl series by Emmanuel Monzon

Through my urban sprawl series, I want to photograph the in-between state found in the American landscape. So I capture places of transition, borders, passages from one world to another
2 months ago 7 min 2921
Acid Survivors by Jan Møller Hansen

EuropeFeaturedStoryAcid Survivors by Jan Møller Hansen

Acid attacks in Bangladesh are usually the result of land disputes, rejected marriage proposals, refusal or inability to pay dowry, resistance of being trafficked as sex worker or simply the desire for revenge.
3 months ago 27 min 3179
Erotic Photography by Marco Tenaglia

B&WEuropeFeaturedNudeErotic Photography by Marco Tenaglia

In Marco Tenaglia’s latest works there are a more narrative depth and a cinematic approach to create a story in a single shot or a sequence where women are fierce and fearless and unmask their feminine-masculine attitude to be in control of every situation
3 months ago 11 min 15274
Postarchitecture by Victor Enrich

CityEuropeFeaturedPostarchitecture by Victor Enrich

The work of Victor Enrich is intimately connected to architecture. Since our origins, mankind has expressed itself in different ways, using all sorts of techniques and technologies, in order to communicate and evolve.
3 months ago 13 min 1678
Body art – a tribal ritual by Trevor Cole

EuropeFeaturedStoryBody art – a tribal ritual by Trevor Cole

The Suri tribe in the Northern Omo valley of Ethiopia, for example, use the paints for camouflage, tribal rituals or ceremonies and also now to show travellers. The tribes in the highlands of Papua New Guinea and along the Sepik river adorn themselves with paint for ‘Sing Sings’,
3 months ago 7 min 2643
Imaginations ;  A Series of Whimsical Nostalgia by Nathan Wirth

AmericaB&WConceptFeaturedImaginations ; A Series of Whimsical Nostalgia by Nathan Wirth

Robots that serve and protect or destroy; monsters that emerge from the sea; aliens that arrive from faraway solar systems; superheroes that fight crime and unimaginable evils; wizards that orchestrate fellowships; heroes and villains that clash in galaxies far, far, far away
4 months ago 20 min 8442
Portraits with Wet Plate Collodion by Paul Alsop & Luke White

B&WFeaturedOceaniaShotPortraits with Wet Plate Collodion by Paul Alsop & Luke White

Wet Plate Collodion is a historic photographic process that was pioneered and used in the In the mid to late 1800's by an English photographer called Frederick Scott Archer.
5 months ago 19 min 5317
Ape dumma – Open your eyes by Czuko Williams

EuropeFeaturedShotApe dumma – Open your eyes by Czuko Williams

There is an strong untold story among the ancient tribes who lives in Ethiopia. The story of the loss of traditional way of life due the process of deculturation, transculturation, and mainly because of progress.
5 months ago 11 min 2025
Dear Japanese: Children of war by Miyuki Okuyama

AsiaFeaturedStoryDear Japanese: Children of war by Miyuki Okuyama

The Netherlands made contact with the Indonesian archipelago in the 16th century. Over three hundred years of contact with the Dutch gave rise to a population of Indo-Europeans—Dutch citizens sharing both European and Asian ancestry.
5 months ago 18 min 2479
Errance Urbaine by Xavier Rey

B&WConceptEuropeFeaturedErrance Urbaine by Xavier Rey

The work of Xavier Rey is in the early years focused on landscape photography, mainly in long exposure and tends more and more to be part of a research and study on blur.
6 months ago 14 min 8966
Still Beating by Tom Chambers

AmericaConceptFeaturedStill Beating by Tom Chambers

Narrative Art refers to visual imagery which tells stories, engages the imagination, and stirs the emotions. These stories transcend culture and are relatable to all.
6 months ago 6 min 5470