Robert Franks father, Henry (1890-1976), was both the proprietor of a bicycle shop in Zurich, and a keen amateur photographer. Father Photographer makes public for the first time a selection of Henry Franks photographs including landscapes, family portraits, still-lifes and cityscapes.

When Robert Frank immigrated to the United States in 1947, a wooden box containing his fathers stereophotographs was one of the few objects he brought with him. In 2008 that box and the fragile photographic glass plates within it were hand-escorted to Steidl in Göttingen, where they were scanned in tri-tone in preparation for this book.

Designed by Robert Frank, Father Photographer reveals Henry Frank to be both a talented photographer and a keen traveller. His pictures include snow-capped Alps and lakes in Switzerland, views of Venice, Pisa and Florence, and depictions of his family and friends including the young Robert. Henry Frank also reveals a passion for modern means of transport in images of aeroplanes, ships, hot-air balloons, and a car fair at the Grand Palais in Paris.

Father Photographer is a revelation of the unknown photographer Henry Frank, a historical photographic document of the early twentieth century, as well as a new chapter in Robert Franks ongoing bookmaking.


Edited by Robert Frank and Francois-Marie Banier

88 pages

Hardback / Clothbound
14 x 16.5 cm

German / English / French

ISBN 978-3-86521-814-8
1. Edition 06/2009

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