Robert Frank, U.S. 285, New Mexico (1955) © Robert Frank, from The Americans

In 1955, the Swiss-born photographer Robert Frank, then a slightly disillusioned thirty-one-year-old expat living in New York City, bought a used Ford coupe and took to the highways in search of the real America. With letters of reference from the artist Walker Evans, the photographer and curator Edward Steichen, and the Harper’s Bazaar art director Alexey Brodovitch, Frank received a Guggenheim Fellowship and later a second Guggenheim which gave him the freedom to explore what was then uncharted territory. Frank wrote on his Guggenheim...


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