London / Wales by Robert Frank. Second edition (2017). Medium format hardback in new condition. There is a small booklet containing an essay by Philip Brookman loosely laid in. No markings. Comes with a dust jacket. Please see pictures. Paypal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About London / Wales
« War is over; the heroic French population reaffirms superiority. Love, Paris, and Flowersbut London was black, white, and gray, the elegance, the style, all present in front of always changing fog. Then I met a man from Wales talking about the Miners and I had read How Green Was My Valley. This became my only try to make a ‘Story’. » Robert Frank
London / Wales brings together two distinct bodies of work to reveal a new understanding of Franks contribution to the history of photography. Juxtaposing the world of money and the world of work in post-war England, Frank photographed London bankers, workers, and children, and Welsh coal miners and their families. These images poetically evoke relationships between the classes during a time of change in Britain. Setting a significant documentary precedent for Franks best known work, The Americans, London/Wales demonstrates the artists early interest in social commentary, the narrative potential of photographic sequencing and his innovative use of the expressionistic qualities of the medium. Featuring 90 black and white photographs, London / Wales tells a timeless story of cities, people, and institutions in transition through emotional, evocative images while revealing Franks struggle to forge a new form of poetic narrative photography.
Robert Frank began studying photography in 1941 and spent the next six years working for commercial photography studios. As well as graphic design studios in Zurich, Geneva, and Basel. In 1947 he traveled to the United States, where Alexey Brodovitch hired him to make fashion photographs at Harper’s Bazaar. Although a few magazines accepted Frank’s unconventional use of the 35-millimeter Leica for fashion work. However, he disliked the limitations of fashion photography and resigned a few months after he was hired.
More books by Robert Frank here.
More books by Steidl here.