The photographs transport you back in time to explore iconic symbols of the American dream seen through the eyes of an outsider, while simultaneously evoking a sense of alienation and hardship felt by many of these American dreamers.
Frank later moved to creating films, most notably Pull My Daisy (1959) which typified the Beat Generation and the controversial Cocksucker Blues (1972) which featured the Rolling Stones on tour and their provocative behaviour backstage. The Stones sued Frank, with Jagger explaining “It’s a f***ing good film, Robert, but if it shows in America we’ll never be allowed in the country again”.
Below are some of Frank’s most notable photographs.
You can further explore Robert Frank’s life in the documentary DON’T BLINK ROBERT FRANK, showing at the Melbourne Film Festival on the 5th and 13th of August. Book tickets now.