Looking In: Robert Frank’s The Americans
Through January 3, 2010
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, N.Y.C.
It might not be too speculative to consider their “sins” not only their literal deviations from the Torah law, but also the same “sins” for which Frank was harassed so many times on his photographic voyage – the misdeed of being different and Other. If Frank said the persecution he felt as a foreigner and a Jew helped him better sympathize with working Americans throughout the country, perhaps the ritual depicted in “Yom Kippur – East River, New York City, 1954” might be the greatest microcosm for considering the entire series of “The Americans.”
Menachem Wecker welcomes comments at email@example.com. He is a painter and writer, residing in Washington, DC.
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