Robert Frank (1924-2019)

The Swiss born American photographer, Robert Frank died yesterday at his summer home in Nova Scotia. His photography not only had a great influence on street photography and photography in general, but also on the way that we see America.

Robert Frank, New York City, May 27, 2019

Frank is perhaps best known for his book The Americans with 83 photos that present the viewer with some of the most iconic images of Americans. It’s impossible for me to see a black and white photo of an American flag without thinking of Frank. He presented us with a radical vision of who we are.

I was very fortunate to meet Frank this year outside of his apartment on Bleecker Street here in New York City. I thanked him for his contribution to photography and asked him if I could take the photo that is included here. We shook hands.

His work will be remembered and admired for generations to come. If you’re not familiar with his work there is much to discover. I hope that you will find it as illuminating about American culture as do I.

It’s a Fine Line

Sometimes my street photography and my abstract photography merge. Sometimes it is a fine line between the two genres. If you are interested in exploring some of the methods that you can use to create abstract street photography, I am co-hosting a workshop with Linda Hacker on 16 July. Half of the 10 spaces are already taken. You can find out more info about it and register online.