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Keep Your Distance

Keep Your Distance

Inside the elevator that takes visitors to the top of the Eiffel Tower.


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Phil Douglis20-Nov-2006 19:38
A powerful piece of social commentary -- It brings us back to Robert Frank's famous image "Elevator, Miami Beach" (http://www.digitaleverything.com/FoundPhoto/Index.html ). While Frank uses blur and light to separate his elevator operator from her passengers and create a sense of alienation, you use space and body language to do the same thing. Were you conscious of Frank's image -- one of the best known examples of social commentary in his landmark book "The Americans" first published back in 1958? It was ripped by critics and ignored by the public, but by the 1970s, it was acknowledged as one of the most important books of American street photographs ever published. Today it's a collectors item, selling on Amazon for hundreds of dollars. Frank was to street photography what Arbus was to portraiture. You are in good company here.
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