Today in my History of Photography class we examined some photos by Robert Frank, especially some belonging to his book The Americans. I have to admit that I didn’t know anything about Frank (I know, shame on me!) so again, this class has made me discover another great photographer and fill some gaps in my Art History background.
A photo that particularly caught my attention was “Drive-in movie”, a photo taken in Detroit in 1955. As can be seen, the image shows a group of vehicles parked in front of a huge screen at afternoon. While on the left side of the frame one can see two people in the convertible watching the screened movie (I haven’t found out what movie it is), the screen is off-centered and the framing is a little bit bent as in many other photos by Frank. Also, a cool detail is that the lines of both cars in the foreground lead the viewer to the screen in the background.
The days of watching movies outdoors are gone in diverse parts of the States, although some public screenings in alternative spaces are organized in Durham from time to time. For instance, on September 12th Duke Libraries organized a public screening; I had already watched the movie but I had never had the experience of watching a film outdoors so I decided to watch it again. Fortunately I had my camera with me and took some photos of the event. When I saw “Drive-in movie” today it found it amazing that at the beginning of the semester and without being aware of it I did something very similar than what Robert Frank did at that autocinema in Detroit in 1955. This discovery made me happy and encouraged me to select one of the pictures that I took that day and share it with you today:
(Can you, dear readers and followers, guess what movie this was?…)