An interview with Robert Frank


Photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank recalls his experience as a young artist, picking up and moving from a small town and Switzerland to New York City. He describes his early struggles, his determination, and how Beat Generation writers Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac showed him a different way of life. Video by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


In this rare interview, photographer Robert Frank discusses his seminal book The Americans (1958). He reflects on specific images from the series and gives insight into his process at the time. Video by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Cite this page as: SFMOMA, "An interview with Robert Frank," in Smarthistory, December 15, 2020, accessed April 18, 2024,