The Americans Completely Altered How People See And Interpret The World Around Them

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The overriding arc in The Americans is that the pictures feel as if they were made by a feeling, thinking human, rather than someone trying to make photographs that look like art for the Christie’s auction. There’s a quick mind behind the book’s main equation, which is this: how we see is less important than what is seen. The former are questions for a machine: which lens? Which film? Which speed? The latter includes the most severe and gut-wrenching choices for a dedicated, free-thinking artist.

via “American Beauty” — Michael David Murphy.

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  1. I love and respect the book and Frank. However, the article reads as though photographers like David Douglas Duncan, Eugene Smith and other had never existed. While Frank certainly ‘plowed new ground’ he also stood on their shoulders, as far as I am concerned.