Robert Frank’s elevator girl sees herself years later – On NPR

No need to introduce Robert Frank ( He is one of the most famous street photographers (and photographers in general) of all time. “The Americans”, his most famous book (at least as far as I know), was published in 1958 and contains a picture (taken in 1955) of a young woman working in an elevator. This woman caught the attention of famous writer Jack Kerouac. In the introduction of “The Americans”, Kerouac wrote: “That little ole lonely elevator girl looking up sighing in an elevator full of blurred demons, what’s her name & address?”. More than 50 years later, Sharon Collins, the young woman in the picture, tells on NPR ( how she discovered the photograph for the first time, 40 years after it was originally taken. Discover the story thanks to the NPR player below. Also on NPR, listen to “‘Americans’: The Book That Changed Photography”.

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