Robert Frank Research

This is my Robert Frank research. The photographs are from his book Flamingo.

Robert Frank is an American photographer and documentary filmmaker. His most notable work, the 1958 book titled The Americans, earned Frank comparisons to a modern-day de Tocqueville for his fresh and nuanced outsider’s view of American society.

I have chosen three portrait and three location images and I will take up one of each to replicate.

Portrait image

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  • The subject is wearing a baggy shirt
  • The subject has messy, crazy long hair
  • The subject has no accessories
  • The image is mainly lit in the background. It is obvious because there is a lamp to the right and there is a big shine of light to the left
  • The shadows are all at the bottom of the photograph
  • The light is artificial
  • The background looks open apart from the boxes to the side and the flamingo
  • The subject is in focus
  • The vantage point is slightly angled to the left of the subject, almost to the point where it is unnoticeable
  • The image is rectangular
  • The image is portrait

I chose to replicate this image because it looks easy to control the lighting.

Portrait image

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  • The subject is wearing a blazer
  • The subject’s hair is brushed to the side
  • The subject has no accessories
  • The image is lit from the background and front
  • The shadows are at the bottom of the image
  • Natural light has been used
  • The background has a fountain which is dark and sharp
  • Both the subject and background are in focus apart from the tree to the right of the image
  • The vantage point is taken from a low horizon looking upwards
  • The image is portrait
  • The image is square

Portrait image

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  • The subject is wearing a leather jacket with the collar up
  • The subject’s hair is curly and he has side burns and a beard
  • The subject has two accessories which is the guitar and the rag
  • The image is lit from the right of the image
  • The shadows are high to the left
  • Studio lighting has been used
  • The background is an empty room with an old fashioned wallpaper
  • The subject is in focus
  • The vantage point is tilted looking to the side of the subject
  • The image is portrait and it’s rectangular

Location image

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  • The subject is wearing a suit with a bowler hat
  • The subject is holding a newspaper and a walking stick
  • The image is lit from the background
  • The shadows are at the front of the image
  • Natural light has been used
  • The background is busy, there is a bus and lots of people
  • The subject is in focus
  • The vantage point is looking behind a man walking along a pavement
  • The image is portrait
  • The image is rectangular

Location image

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  • The primary subject is the little girl and is wearing a hat and coat
  • The subject is carrying a card
  • The image is lit from the background
  • The shadows are to the right of the image
  • Natural light has been used
  • The background is busy as it is a market
  • The subject is in focus
  • The vantage point at the side of one market, looking down the street
  • The image is landscape
  • The image is square

Location image

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  • The subject is the man about to walk out of the frame
  • The subject is not carrying anything
  • The image is lit from the background
  • The shadows are to the right of the image
  • Natural light has been used
  • The background has lots of people walking down a street
  • The subject is in focus
  • The vantage point is angled, looking down the street
  • The image is landscape
  • The image is rectangular
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