A year before “The Americans,” a young Robert Frank was hired by The New York Times to shoot promotional pictures for prospective advertisers. Unseen for decades, the images were recently rediscovered, showing hints of the style that would change the course of modern photography.
This is one of my favorite photos of Franks, mostly due to the lack of focus on the obviously domination subject, the beautiful woman, and instead showing the onlooking average people taking up the foreground. For me it shows the way beauty tends to shadow over things of which should have greater importance. Self image is both a blessing and curse, especially since we as Americans put such overwhelming pressure through the media on being more beautiful with clothes, hair, and make up.