This Land is Your Land...
On May 15, Steidl's new edition of The Americans will be released, 50 years after its original publication. Frank was involved in this new edition which features the same captions and Jack Kerouac's introduction, but which has been redesigned under Frank's supervision.
"[Vintage] prints in Frank’s collection, ... revealed that many images in past editions were actually crops of the originals. For the Steidl book Frank studied and revised these crops and in many cases included the full photographs; in only a few cases the Delpire and Grove Press compositions remain... The Steidl edition also reproduces two photographs printed from negatives different to those used for all previous editions. These photographs depict the same two subjects as in other editions (Metropolitan Life Insurance Building–New York City and Assembly Line–Detroit), but from a slightly different perspective." (from the Steidl site)
Charlie LeDuff wrote an intense piece on Frank for Vanity Fair, taking on the artist's life as his subject and looking for meaning in the nuances of his present everyday living. And MIchael David Murphy's response to it, which deals with both the pictures and with what The Americans means to him, also has a lot to say:
“The Americans” may have been the result of a man with a Leica and a Guggenheim, or it may have been something larger; a piece of art that asks more questions than it answers, that reveals less than it implies, that suggests more than it establishes, that loves more than it can." Thanks, MDM.