Previously at the ICA - Films
11 Nov 2016 – 7 Dec 2016
One of the most influential figures in the worlds of photography and independent filmmaking, Robert Frank has never been easily approachable. For over six decades he has held steadfast to a singular vision and earned widespread acclaim, without forsaking his outsider status. Frank’s photos, films and texts are imbued with a profoundly poetic, deeply introspective sensibility. Most celebrated for his seminal photo book The Americans and the landmark independent film Pull My Daisy (1959), Frank has spent his career ignoring aesthetic and cultural boundaries.
Frank’s multi-layered life and work are largely inseparable, but he has never been ready to let someone tell his story until Don’t Blink, directed by his long-time film and video editor Laura Israel. Their years of collaboration have resulted in a rare working relationship built on intuition and mutual trust. Don't Blink follows Frank from his early family life in Switzerland to his reluctance to embrace celebrity status in New York to his eventual quest for solitude in a remote corner of Nova Scotia, Canada. A series of personal tragedies pushed Frank to painfully explore complex feelings about family and friends, memory and loss, acceptance of change, and loneliness. Don't Blink offers audiences revelatory insight into the intricacies of his photos, films and personal history while artfully revealing Robert Frank’s complex life story to a soundtrack that includes Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, White Stripes, Patti Smith and more.
Don't Blink - Robert Frank, dir. Laura Israel, USA 2015, 82 mins.