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Robert Frank

I came to Robert Frank not through photography but via my interest in the Beat Generation, reading about the short film, Pull My Daisy that Frank directed in 1959, and starring Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and Peter Orlovsky. At the time I was doing my thesis for my major in history and my subject was Kerouac, Ginsberg, and their contrasting relationships to America. I was young and in love with the Beats, but it would be many years before I would be able to watch Pull My Daisy. And by the time I finally did I’d moved on from my youthful exuberance for Kerouac and Ginsberg to photography where I got to know Robert Frank better as how most people remember him.

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