The Lines of my Hand

Robert Frank,The Lines of my Hand

Robert Frank
The Lines of my Hand

Photographs: Robert Frank

Text: Robert Frank

Publisher: Yugensha

155 pages

Year: 1971

Price: 2500

Comments: Hardcover in a slipcase and shipping box, 340 x 250 mm. True first edition, 1971 with the picture of the line on cover. Black & white photographs. 500 copies were produced with this image. Design by Kohei Sugiura and Shuhei Tsuji. Included in The Photobook by Parr & Badger and The Open Book by Andrew Roth. Design by Kohei Sugiura and Shuhei Tsuji. In excellent condition!

After The Americans, The Lines of My Hand is arguably Robert Frank's most important book and without doubt the publication that established his autobiographical, sometimes confessional, approach to bookmaking.

The Lines of My Hand is structured chronologically and presents selections from every stage of Frank’s work until 1972—from early photos in Switzerland in 1945–46, to images of his travels in Peru, Paris, Valencia, London and Wales, and to contact sheets from his 1955–56 journey through the US that resulted in The Americans and made him famous. Here too are intimate photos of Frank’s young family, later photo-collages and stills from films including Pull My Daisy (1959) and About Me: A Musical (1971). This structure itself mirrors the rhythm of Frank’s life but it is his short personal texts, like diary entries, that fully bring his voice into the book.

In its original combination of text and image, its fearless self-reflection, and its insistence on photography and film as equal though different aspects of the artist’s visual language, The Lines of My Hand has become an inspiration for many photographers—not least Robert Frank himself, who continues and expands this approach in the visual diaries he makes today.


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