After Robert Frank's Photobook "The Americans": Remakes, Variations, and Iconoclasm

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serval:BIB_1BC986211F1D
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Institution
Title
After Robert Frank's Photobook "The Americans": Remakes, Variations, and Iconoclasm
Journal
Photographies
Author(s)
Dietschy Nathalie
ISSN
1754-0763
1754-0771
Publication state
Published
Issued date
01/09/2020
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
13
Number
3
Pages
297-322
Language
english
Abstract
Many contemporary artists’ publications pay tribute to famous artists’ books or photobooks, such as Ed Ruscha’s conceptual artist’s books or Robert Frank’s landmark photobook The Americans. This paper examines Mishka Henner’s version of Frank’s The Americans that he appropriated and partly erased. It questions the process of re-appropriation and studies Henner’s approach: is it a variation in Goodman’s term? Or a remake? It explores both the act of remaking a seminal work, as well as destroying it. It compares Henner’s work to other contemporary projects based on Frank’s book, by Jonathan Lewis, Michel Campeau, Andreas Schmidt, Andrew Emond, as well as Dafydd Hughes, and concludes that these various versions after a classic photobook is a means to be part of a tradition, to be part of what Leo Steinberg called “the glorious company”, as well as departing from its legacy.
Keywords
Cultural Studies, Mishka Henner, Robert Frank, remake, artist book, photobook, iconoclasm
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10/09/2020 22:06
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11/09/2020 6:22
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