American, born Switzerland, 1924
Robert Frank's fine flatulent black joke on American politics can be read as either farce or anguished protest. It is possible that Frank himself was not sure which he meant. In 1956, he was still a relative newcomer to the United States, and his basic reaction might well have been one of dumb amazement as he investigated the gaudy insanities and strangely touching contradictions of American culture.
Frank sought to compile a spontaneous record of a man seeing this country for the first time. Indianapolis, 1956 is typically short on particulars but laden with symbols. © Robert Frank
from "Looking at Photographs " by John Szarkowski
All images © Robert Frank