Robert Frank

Exile on Main Street, 1971

Gelatin-silver print, 35.5 x 28.2 cm
Collection Fotomuseum Winterthur, acquisition with financial support by Georg and Bertha Schwyzer-Winiker Stiftung
Inv. no. 2002-006-003
© Robert Frank

Robert Frank
1924 (Zurich, CH) - 2019 (Inverness, CA)

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. Since the 1970s he had worked as both a photographer and a filmmaker. Frank undermines the authority of the individual image, juxtaposing photographs, developing series, sequences and blocks that he combines with handwritten texts to create complex fields of meaning. He searched for meaning, truth, and love in a world that seemed 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.”