Friday, October 3, 2008
Robert Frank Video Response
I really liked Robert Frank's work because he wasn't distorting the lens or make his subjects look 'artistic', he was just taking pictures of people. I've always liked looking at pictures of people and imagining what they're life might be like.
There was a part in the video that said that the way Frank photographed, made things seem more pessimistic and that his work made people uncomfortable. Perhaps these feelings only happened to people who were seeing them for the first time when he first brought them out. For me, however, they're more like a peak into the history of America. Again, I think they're interesting to look at.
This photograph stood out the most to me because I feel like it's full of contradictions. African Americans were segregated and made to feel as if they were lesser than whites. White Americans couldn't fathom the thought of having to share their buses, jobs, restaurants, or even their schools with them. But they were OK to take care of their children? As a mother, if I had such a horrible opinion about someone, the last thing I would do is hire them to take care of my children!