Legendary Photographer Robert Frank’s Touring Exhibit Comes to UC Berkeley

Legendary Photographer Robert Frank’s Touring Exhibit Comes to UC Berkeley
Robert Frank, Funeral - St. Helena, South Carolina, from the book The Americans (1959) © Robert Frank
Published on February 8, 2017

Robert Frank: Books and Films, 1947–2017

A Two-Week Pop-Up Show

February 17 - March 3, 2017 at 12:00PM

North Gate Hall and Worth Ryder Art Gallery, UC Berkeley Campus

As part of the inaugural Reva and David Logan Book Symposium at the University of California, Berkeley, an exhibit of legendary photographer Robert Frank’s work comes to the Berkeley campus for concurrent exhibitions in the Reva and David Logan Gallery in North Gate Hall and the Worth Ryder Art Gallery, at 116 Kroeber Hall.

The show will feature dozens of pictures, mounted on three-meter-long paper banners that will be installed directly onto the hallway walls without frames. The exhibit is curated by Gerhard Steidl, founder of Steidl Verlag, one of the world’s most distinguished publishing companies.

Robert Frank (b. 1924, Zurich) is one of the pre-eminent figures of 20th Century photography. With his innovative approach to technique and subject matter and his personal viewpoint, Frank revolutionized documentary photography and redefined the aesthetics of both the still and moving image.

The exhibition spans Frank’s entire artistic career, from 1947 to the present, and is visiting up to 50 universities, art schools, museums and other non-profit spaces worldwide.

Because of the show’s size, the Berkeley exhibition will be divided between two campus spaces. In North Gate Hall, home of the Graduate School of Journalism (at the southeast corner of Euclid Street and Hearst Avenue), “The Americans” will be exhibited, while the Worth Ryder Gallery, located a five-minute walk from North Gate, will show Frank’s later work.

An unconventional exhibition catalogue, produced in cooperation with the distinguished German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, will be for sale for $5.00 throughout the exhibit. Proceeds will benefit the Jim Marshall Fellowship Fund at the School of Journalism.

“Robert Frank’s work started a revolution that has continued to define photography,” says Ken Light, the Reva and David Logan professor of photojournalism. “The photographs from his seminal book The Americans, which took a critical look at our nation’s life in the 1950s, are timeless. His work continues to inspire new generations to follow his path to see what is invisible in America.”

That work will be complemented by a series of panels from some of the art world’s top photography experts and photojournalists, which is sponsored by the Reva and David Logan Foundation of Chicago and is exclusive to the Berkeley event.

The exhibition, Robert Frank: Books and Films 1947–2017, is made possible by the generous support of Steve Tisch and the Steve Tisch Family Foundation, and Taube Philanthropies. The Richard Ehrlich Family Foundation was responsible for organizing and facilitating the event, which is open to the public. Admission is free.

About the Logan Book Symposium

The Reva and David Logan Book Symposium brings together photographers, academics, students and collectors to celebrate the published photograph. The biennial event, which launches this year, is provided for under the 2013 endowment at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism that established a permanent professorship in photojournalism and funds exhibits in the J-School’s Gallery. The first Logan Professor is award-winning photojournalist Ken Light.

The events complement the Logan Photo Book Collection at the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, which brought the late David Logan’s exceptional collection of photography books to the campus.

About the Journalism School’s Center for Photography

The Center for Photography at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, founded in 1996, teaches photojournalism and social documentary photography. The Center routinely exhibits world-class photographers in the halls of the Journalism School, and its public events have brought distinguished photojournalists such as Marc Riboud and Sebastião Salgado to Berkeley. It has published four books with University of California Press, and the School has self-published seven student titles. Its annual magazine "realeyes," showcasing the work of student photographers, recently marked its 13th anniversary.


Reva and David Logan Gallery for Documentary Photography

121 North Gate Hall, Graduate School of Journalism
9 AM - 5 PM Monday-Friday

**Special Showing**
Saturday, February 18, 2017
10:00 AM – 2PM (Entrance via courtyard only)
Closed Saturday & Sunday

Worth Ryder Gallery
116 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
12-5 PM Monday-Thursday

**Special Showing**
Saturday, February 18, 2017
11:30 AM - 2 PM and 5-7 PM


Professor Ken Light


(510) 642-4825

Theresa Adams

Event Producer


Marlena Telvick

Special Projects Producer


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