When Robert Frank immigrated to New York from Zurich in 1947, having apprenticed with commercial photographers in his hometown, the aspiring young photographer brought along his portfolio to help him secure employment. Portfolio is the facsimile version of this fascinating object. Containing Frank’s earliest original photographs as well the work of other photographers which he had retouched, the portfolio presents images of rural life in Switzerland alongside alpine landscapes, cityscapes and still-lifes. A guaranteed collector’s item, this slim, beautifully printed volume contains the seeds of a career of such scope and influence that even the ambitious 23- year-old Robert Frank could never have anticipated it.
Gerhard Steidl, Robert Frank