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Feast of ExcessA Cultural History of the New Sensibility$
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George Cotkin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190218478

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190218478.001.0001

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“To Nullify Explanation”

“To Nullify Explanation”

Robert Frank 1958

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Feast of Excess

George Cotkin

Oxford University Press

Robert Frank’s book of photographs The Americans presented a different face to the nation. He showed the ennui of middle-class Americans while suggesting also in his photographs how African Americans might somehow transcend it. The landscape that he depicted was mean, warped by violence and fear. He refused traditional photographic practice, opting instead to shoot from the hip, without worries about blurriness and slanted horizon lines. Soon after publishing his book, Frank took his vision into film, making the madcap Pull My Daisy, with Allen Ginsberg appearing in it and Jack Kerouac doing the narration.

Keywords:   Robert Frank, photography, The Americans, Jack Kerouac, African Americans, Pull My Daisy

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