Astrid Klein

Paradiso terrestre, 1994

collotype print plain-coloured on photo-cardboard, 42 x 59.4 cm
Collection Fotomuseum Winterthur
Inv. no. 2009-023-001
© Astrid Klein

Astrid Klein
b. 1951 (Cologne, DE), lives and works in Cologne, DE
Robert Frank is widely recognized as one of the most important artists to have shaped the photographic world of the second half of the twentieth century. His radically subjective view of reality has influenced generations of photographers. Towards the end of the 1950s, the narrative and cinematic qualities of his early photographs led him to film, and since the 1970s he has worked as both a photographer and a filmmaker. Today his early photographs are often exhibited alongside semi-autobiographical films, such as Conversations in Vermont (1969) and Home Improvements (1985). Frank undermines the authority of the individual image, juxtaposing photographs, developing series, sequences and blocks that he combines with texts, handwritten titles and commentaries to create complex fields of meaning. Deploying a new and lyrically expressive vocabulary, he continues his search for meaning, truth and love in a world that seems meaningless, absurd and cold: “I keep on making the same pictures over and over again. I always try to see the inside in the outside. I try to say something that is true.”