PHOTOBOOK PROFILE HENRY FRANK Father Photographer
Who is Henry Frank? • Robert Frank’s Father! • Lived from 1890 - 1976 • Owner of a bicycle shop in Zurich • A keen amateur photographer • Had a love for travel • Intrigued by modern forms of transportation • After his death and after the publishing of “Father Photographer” he is known to be a talented photographer.
Father Photographer • ISBN #: 9783865218148 • Date Published: June 2009 • Published by: Robert Frank • Story: When Robert Frank emigrated to the United States in 1947 he barely brought anything with him. He did bring a wooden box containing all of his father’s stereographs. These stereographs were contained in fragile glass plates. In 2008, Robert Frank took these photos in person to Steidl publishing in Göttingen (Germany), where they were scanned in tritone in preparation for the book. F.P. is a revelation of the unknown photographer Henry Frank, a historical photographic document of the early twentieth century, it also serves as a new chapter in Robert Frank’s bookmaking.
What do his photos include? • Snow-capped Alps and lakes in Switzerland • Views of Venice, Pisa, and Florence • Portraits of his family and friends including Robert Frank as a child. • Images of airplanes, ships, hot-air balloons and a car fair at the Grand Palais in Paris • ^Landscapes, family portraits, cityscapes, & still-lifes.