After crisscrossing the country in a used Ford in 1955 and 1956 as a Guggenheim fellow, the Swiss émigré Robert Frank returned to New York City to organize his photographs into the highly influential book The Americans, first published in France in 1958. He spent that summer riding city buses and capturing impressions of New York and its inhabitants passing by with a cinematic quality of movement that was new to his work. In fact, Frank would soon set his still camera aside and devote the majority of his creative effort to filmmaking.


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Artist
Robert Frank, American, 1924–2019
Title
From the Bus Series, NYC
Date
1958, printed 1973
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 7 3/16 × 10 7/16 in. (18.2 × 26.5 cm) Sheet: 14 × 16 7/8 in. (35.5 × 42.9 cm)
Credit Line

Bequest of Morgan Garwood

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2014.124
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

Morgan Garwood, New York; bequeathed to MFAH, 2014.