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Frank, Robert (Photographer); Penman, Ian (Contributor) & Todoli, Vicente (Curator). ROBERT FRANK: STORYLINES. London, England: Tate Modern London/Steidl Publishers, 2004. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 210 pages. Fine.

Exhibition Monograph, presented as an Artist Book. One of the most beautiful books on the photographic art of Robert Frank. The First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a "turtleback" flexiboard original only and as one of the earliest titles in the Steidl "Robert Frank Project". The Exhibition Monograph is now scarce. A brilliant production by Robert Frank and Gerhard Steidl: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial plastic covers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs, film stills, and text by Robert Frank. Essays by Ian Penman and Vicente Todoli. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by Steidl in Gottingen, Germany to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Published on the occasion of the retrospective exhibition of the same name, the very first full-fledged overview of the photographer's body of work in the United Kingdom, held at the Tate Modern London from October 28, 2004 through January 23, 2005. Presents Robert Frank's "Storylines". The photographer's finest, most representative, and most ambitious work, selected by him with particular emphasis, as his title suggests, on their status and achievement as photo-narratives. Aside from turning a series of discrete photographs into a sequence that adds up to a coherent narrative whole, Frank wrote the accompanying text himself. Writing is not a literary conceit he has. He is that rare thing among photographers (especially when compared with his contemporary descendants) : A photographer and an artist who is also an accomplished writer. After all, his decisive artistic influences and closest friendships have been with writers (like Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, among others), not fellow photographers. With the exception of "Moving Out" (1994), which is a full decade older, "Storylines" is the most comprehensive overview of Frank's canonical body of work, beautifully produced in an Artist Book format. It makes a compelling case for Robert Frank as one of the greatest photographers of the 20th from the vantage point of the 21st century. That is because he is the one photographer who has radically transformed documentary "street photography" by turning it into powerful self-expression: His "objective" photographs of people, places, landscapes, events, and things express his "subjective" inner turmoil, which, in the end, is what all true art does. "He can portray real pain and capture profound depths of human emotion better than almost any other photographer; indeed, better than almost any other artist in any medium" (Martin Parr and Gerry Badger). "I'm trying to forget easy photographs, trying to make something from within. Time moves on and never stops or waits" (Robert Frank). An absolute "must-have" title for Robert Frank collectors. This title is now a photography classic. This is one of few copies of the First Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have serious flaws. A scarce copy thus. 235 plates. Three of Robert Frank's books were selected as among the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". At the age of 92, Robert Frank was profiled in 2016 by The New York Times as "the greatest photographer of our time". A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER ROBERT FRANK TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 3865210414. $150.00

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