Robert Frank

Good days quiet

Cover: Good days quiet
Steidl Verlag, Göttingen 2019
ISBN 9783958295506
Paperback, 64 Seiten, 35,00 EUR


In englischer Sprache. In this, Robert Frank's newest book, he both acknowledges and moves beyond his acclaimed visual diaries (2010-17), which juxtapose iconic photos from throughout his career with the more personal pictures he makes today and suggestive, often autobiographical text fragments. In Good days quiet Frank's focus is life inside and outside his beloved weather-beaten wooden house in Mabou, where he has spent summers for decades with his wife June Leaf. Among portraits of Leaf, Allen Ginsberg and Frank's son, are images of the house's simple interior with its wood-fuelled iron stove, humble furniture and bare light bulbs, as well as views of the land and sea by the house: snow-covered, windswept, stormy or lit by the dying sun. Frank's Polaroids scanned for the book show various deliberate states of deterioration and manipulation at his hands, including texts that move from the merely descriptive ("watching the crows") to the emotive ("memories," "grey sea-old house / can you hear the music"). As always in Frank's books, his message lies primarily in the photos' lyrical sequence, an influential approach to the photobook pioneered by and today well at home in his 93-year-old hands.

Rezensionsnotiz zu Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 16.05.2020

Freddy Langer merkt den in diesem Fotoband versammelten Aufnahmen nicht unbedingt an, dass ihr Schöpfer Robert Frank einer der wichtigsten Fotografen des 20. Jahrhunderts gewesen ist. Die Bilder von Franks Haus in Novia Scotia, von Freunden wie Alan Ginsberg oder von Lebensmomenten strahlen für Langer auch nicht die Härte früherer Arbeiten aus, sondern etwas Rührendes und Positives, Nachdenkliches und Versöhnliches. Fast ein Idyll, ein sehr persönliches, so Langer.
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