Dominique Nabokov on Robert Frank’s Americans

Coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of Robert Frank’s The Americans, the exhibition “Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans” is on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City through January 3, 2010. Dominique Nabokov—whose own photographs appear regularly in The New York Review—saw the exhibition both in New York and in Washington, where it originated at the National Gallery of Art. Recently, she stopped by the office to talk about why Frank’s photographs are not only still relevant but also a “miraculous” body of work.

The catalog of the exhibition is edited by Sarah Greenough and published by the National Gallery and Steidl. In addition to the original photographs from The Americans, it contains many other photographs by Frank from the exhibition, reproductions of his contact sheets, and essays by Greenough and others, including frequent Review contributor Luc Sante on Jack Kerouac’s introduction to the first American edition of Frank’s book.

—Dominique Nabokov interviewed by Eve Bowen;
slide show produced by Michael Berk

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