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Robert Frank (American, born Switzerland, 1924), Trolley, New Orleans, gelatin-silver print, 1958. 8 9/16 x 12 9/16 in. Harold Boeschenstein, Jr. Fund, 1978.18. In the exhibition People Get Ready: 50 Years of Civil Rights, Hitchcock Gallery
Robert Frank traveled across America with his camera, capturing scenes that illuminated the American character of the 1950s in all of its beauty and ugliness. His images were honest and real records of the social structure in America at the time. In this photo—remarkably composed with repeating rectangles and a regular rhythm suggesting motion—Frank utilized the window frames of the trolley to underscore the divisions among the commuters. The result is an evocative view of a segregated society.
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