- Robert Frank
- Untitled (Chicago Loop)
- Gelatin silver print
Peter Galassi, Robert Frank in America (Göttingen, 2014), p. 144 (variant cropping)
Robert Frank gave this print to Robert Delpire, the influential French publisher, writer, curator, gallerist, and filmmaker. Known for his encouragement and promotion of, and friendships with, many of the 20th century’s photographic luminaries— among them Henri Cartier-Bresson, Brassaï, Josef Koudelka, William Klein, Duane Michals, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, and Sarah Moon—Delpire was the first to publish an extensive body of photographs by Robert Frank. In 1952, he reproduced many of Frank’s Peruvian photographs in his journal, Neuf, as well as in the volume From Incas to Indios, alongside those of Werner Bischof and Pierre Verger. Delpire is most notably responsible for the first publication of the book that became known as The Americans. Les Américains was published in 1958, a year before it appeared in print in the United States. In both editions, it is one of the most influential books of photography ever published.