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Photographer Robert Frank Was Jailed for Being ‘Suspicious’ in 1955

Photographers are often viewed with suspicion by police, and there are regular headlines about people being harassed and detained for simply shooting photos. However, being stopped by police for this type of "suspicious" behavior is not an issue unique to the digital age. Renowned photographer Robert Frank was even jailed for three days while driving through Arkansas in 1955 as he shot his famous photo book The Americans.

How To Take Photos Like Robert Frank

Robert Frank was a Swiss photographer and documentary filmmaker whose 1958 book titled The Americans has been heralded as perhaps the most influential photography book of the 20th century. In this 16-minute video, photographer Frederik Trovatten shows you how to mimic Frank's style.

Revisiting ‘The Americans’, Robert Frank’s Influential Photo Book

In this post, we're going to revisit The Americans by Robert Frank. This influential photography book, first published in France in 1958, appears highly relevant today with the United States divided in so many ways. However, the odds are that these honest, and often sad images, have always been relevant.

You Can Now Browse Through the World’s Largest Collection of Robert Frank’s Work

The National Gallery of Art owns the world's largest collection of photos and materials by renowned American photographer Robert Frank. That collection is also the museum's largest holding of any single photographer.

Late last year, to celebrate Frank's 90th birthday, the collection was opened up in a new way through the launch of an online repository. You can now browse through the 8,000 or so items held by the museum -- some of which had never before seen the light of day.

10 of the Most Collectable Photo Books of All Time

Online book marketplace AbeBooks -- probably the first link you'll see if you try to search for a rare, signed or early edition of your favorite novel or photo book -- has a list of the 10 most collectable photography books of all time. You can probably guess two or three of them, but do you think you know them all?

NYC Auction Houses Sell $30.8M in Photo Auctions in One Week, Set Records

In the first week of April, the three major auction houses in New York managed to post over $30 million in photography sales, showing that the photography as collectible market is thriving, to say the least. The houses posted a record-setting week as almost every auction blew away projected sale prices.

Sounds of the Americans: Converting Iconic Images Into Sound and Back Again

Over the last month we've featured two re-interpretations of Robert Frank's classic photo book "The Americans" -- one controversial and minimalistic, another analytical. And now we bring you a third, very different, auditory take on Frank's classic work.

Photographer Andrew Emond's Sounds of the Americans is a re-interpretation of The Americans using sound. By using a specialized software to convert all 83 images into audio, and then using a spectrograph to take that audio and re-create the original image, Emond's work sheds an entirely different light on iconic pictures we've all become very familiar with.

The Histograms: A Diagnostic Take on Robert Frank’s “The Americans”

We live in an analytical time, where most of the information we receive -- be it about the stock market or the presidency -- comes in way of charts, graphs, and other visual representations of hard (or sometimes soft) data. And it's this dependency on analysis that Sherwin Tibayan's diagnostic take on Robert Frank's "The Americans" -- the second "The Americans" spin off we've seen in two weeks -- focuses on.

Mishka Henner’s Controversial Take on Robert Frank’s ‘The Americans’

Many consider Robert Frank's classic photobook "The Americans" (originally published in France as "Les Américains") to be one of the greatest photobooks of all time. Knowing this, Mishka Henner should have probably thought twice before using it as the subject of one of his forays into digital appropriation and, in this case, erasure.