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Robert Frank Exhibition at the Smithsonian

Awesome Robert Frank Exhibition at the Smithsonian. It is pretty comprehensive with prints from The Americans and Black, White And Things. Not only do they exhibit prints, but his test prints, contact sheets, application for the Guggenheim Fellowship, Jack Kerouac's drafts and letters to Walker Evans. This is probably the best photography exhibition I've been to, along with another one, a few years back at LACMA on some experimental Japanese photographs.

This is one of my favorite photographs of all time. Mr. Frank took this in New Orleans in 1955. After coming out of jail, he was shooting a parade, and then quickly captured this photo. There are racial and gender tones [Caucasian male, Caucasian female, Caucasian boy, etc.]. Obviously, this photo was taken during segregation. A couple of weeks after Frank took this photo, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. You should be familiar with Robert Frank's works if you're a photographer.

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It ends in April. Also, they have a smaller Ansel Adams exhibition close by, which ends in March. I am definitely coming back. Last, I saw ads 2-for-1 tickets for an exhibition for Richard Avedon's works (also in DC as well).

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