Gee, I use a big word in that title. Just in case if you don’t know what congnoscenti is, I’ll tell you. It has to do with know-it-alls. You see photographer Robert Frank shocked them with his spontaneous photographs that he shot all across the United States.
Frank caught America’s desperation; his images cast long shadows over the American spirit. In his book The Americans, he takes on social and racial indifference–an America that just doesn’t care about equality.
Frank’s photographs are now on display (till Aug. 25 at SFMOMA). If you have even a little bit of interest in the middle of the last century don’t miss this quintessential American photo show.by