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ROBERT FRANK HAS BECOME an enigma merely by following the dictates of his own work. It’s been thirty years since he took the pictures for The Americans, 1959, the photographic bildungsroman of ’50s America for which he’s still best known. In the years since, as successive generations of photographers have acknowledged the enormous influence his work has had on them, he has increasingly become a figure of rumor and conjecture outside the circle of his immediate acquaintances. Although he still maintains a small studio in New York, fifteen years ago he moved with the painter June Leaf to a farm in rural Nova Scotia, emerging from his isolation only occasionally to work. Soon after the publication of The Americans Frank decided to give up photography, and turned to film. While he has received critical acclaim for his work in that medium, for the most part his reputation continues to rest on

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