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The Photobook Show

Robert Adams

episode 4

Fri, Sept 30, 2022 at 2pm (ET)
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Why do people take photographs? Robert Adams tried to find an answer in his 1994 book of collected essays, aptly named Why People Photograph. In this episode of the Photobook Show, we’ll try something different: instead of looking at books from different photographers grouped around a topic, we’ll look at one artist’s lifetime of work through his books.

Robert Adams, whose approach and style has been hugely influential, started photographing the American landscape in the ‘60s and is still working, now 60 years later. To mark “American Silence: The Photographs of Robert Adams” — his current exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC through October 2 — we’ll look at some of his landmark publications (The New West and Summer Nights, Walking) and American Silence (Aperture) that accompanies the exhibition.

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Stefan Frank

Stefan Frank is a photographer and writer, working from Heidelberg, Germany. Way before he came to photography, he studied mathematics and philosophy at Ruhr Universität Bochum and worked as an IT specialist. He studied at Atelier Smedsby with JH Engström and Margot Wallard in Paris in 2017, before he eventually began studying photography at Ostkreuzschule, Berlin, with Peter Bialobrzeski. He graduated in 2023 with the work Irgendwo (“Anywhere”), a project dealing with politically motivated crime and the terror-spree of the far right in Germany. He has been teaching with StrudelmediaLive since 2020, giving courses on surrealism, poetics of space, gestalt theory for photographers, and more. His work has been exhibited in Heidelberg, Frankfurt, and Berlin.

Stefan teaches the poetics of space, nighttime photography, and much more — including presenting The Photobook Show — for StrudelmediaLive.