Untitled, 1955, printed ca. 1970s

  • Robert Frank, American, 1924 - 2019

Gelatin silver print

  • Framed: Image: 10 3/4 × 15 7/8 inches (27.3 × 40.3 cm) Sheet: 12 × 16 inches (30.5 × 40.6 cm)

Founders Society Purchase with funds from Founders Junior Council

1997.45

Department

Prints, Drawings & Photographs

  • Industry
  • Interior
  • Gelatin silver process
  • Photographic paper
  • Goggles
  • Factory
  • Assembly plant
  • Worker
  • Man
  • Gelatin silver print
  • Detroit
  • Detroit

Signed, Marks, Inscriptions

Signed in black pen and ink, lower right: Robert Frank

Backprinting: Agfa [double underscored, dated to the 1970s, paulmessier.com]

Inscribed in black pen and ink, lower left: Ford ASSEMBLY Line 1955 In pencil, verso, upper right corner: R.F. 306.1; 40011-II

Provenance

1997, Robert Frank (New York, New York, USA). 1997-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Published References

Barr, Nancy. "Truth, Memory, and the American Working-Class City: Robert Frank in Detroit and at the Rouge." Bulletin of the DIA 76, no. 1/2 (2002): p. 68 (ill.). Robert Frank: Flower Is.... Tokyo, 1987, pl. 54. Robert Frank Storylines. London, 2004, p. 94 (upper ill.).

Rights Status

Robert Frank, Untitled, 1955, printed ca. 1970s, gelatin silver print. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase with funds from Founders Junior Council, 1997.45.