Sunday, October 5, 2008
I don't really know what to think about Robert Frank's work. I recognize the social and political importance and effect that his photography represents, but does that make his work good art? Couldn't the kinds of things that he does be more accurately described as journalism rather than art? His photos can be considered to hold some aesthetic quality. Their gritty, dark, and bleak look do invoke a certain feeling that some people may like. I however am less certain. Judging by many of the photos, the way that the photos would look seemed like a lesser concern than the subject matter that he was studying. It is for this reason that I find myself unable to fully embrace Robert Franks work as good art.