Amon Carter print details

Funeral - St. Helena, South Carolina

Robert Frank (1924-2019)

Object Details

  • Date


  • Object Type


  • Medium

    Gelatin silver print

  • Dimensions

    Image: 13 x 8 7/16 in.
    Sheet: 14 1/16 x 10 7/8 in.

  • Inscriptions


    u.l.: Robert Frank \ 34 Third Ave \ N.Y.C.

    inscribed: 12/12 \ #3 \ 12 to 6 \ Focus 25

    [stamp]: ROBERT FRANK ARCHIVE \ Americans 56 \ Funeral--St. Helena, \ South Carolina \ 414

    Mat Verso [removed]:


  • Credit Line

    Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Gift of James H. Maroney, New York, New York

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  • Copyright

    © Andrea Frank Foundation, courtesy Pace Gallery

Object Description

In 1955, Frank set off across the U.S. to produce “the visual study of a civilization.” With an outsider’s eye, the Swiss-born Frank looked at his chosen country and found alienation, consumerism, and inequality. Adding to the sense of disquiet, he eschewed the bright and clear style of mass-media photography, creating grainy and off-kilter images instead.

After traveling over 10,000 miles and taking over 27,000 photographs, Frank reproduced only 83, including this one, in the resulting book, The Americans (1958). Published in the years of postwar boosterism, the book was disparaged by critics, who found it bleak and pessimistic—photographer Minor White called it “Utterly Misleading! A Degradation of a Nation!” and Popular Photography labeled Frank “a joyless man who hates the country of his adoption.” But The Americans became one of the most significant photobooks ever published, inspiring generations of artists to this day.

—Text taken from the Carter Handbook (2023)

Additional details

Location: Off view
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