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The Americans by Robert Frank


Armed with a camera and a fresh cache of film and bankrolled by a Guggenheim Foundation grant, Robert Frank crisscrossed the United States during 1955 and 1956. The photographs he brought back form a portrait of the country at the time and hint at its future. He saw the hope of the future in the faces of a couple at city hall in Reno, Nevada, and the despair of the present in a grimy roofscape. He saw the roiling racial tension, glamour, and beauty, and, perhaps because Frank himself was on the road, he was particularly attuned to Americans’ love for cars. Funeral-goers lean against a shiny sedan, lovers kiss on a beach blanket in front of their parked car, young boys perch in the back seat at a drive-in movie. A sports car under a drop cloth is framed by two California palm trees; on the next page, a blanket is draped over a car accident victim’s body in Arizona.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon; 3rd ed. edition (January 12, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394742567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394742564
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 9 x 0.2 inches

INTERVIEW WITH … Collettivo InQuadra

Researched by Roberta Pastore

 InQuadra  Street Photography   :

It’s been not even a year so far, though the street – and street photography – has always been there. InQuadra is a collective of seven photographers who met shooting on the streets. They walked alone for years before joining in a group, sharing stories, ideas, points of view and photographs. They come from both central and South Italy (Florence, Bologna, Romagna, Viareggio, Matera), one of them lives in London and every one takes his own geographic background along with him. They won awards and had their work published on well renowned magazines. Their names are Alex Liverani, Matteo Sigolo, Luca Bottazzi, Salvatore Matarazzo, Luigi Casentini, Roberto Deri and Mariano Silletti. All of their work show recurring themes: moving daily life, urban realities, unique situations captured in their most significant moment. Not anywhere in their shots one could find stillness or poses. They clearly feel at home and comfortable in cities and urban environments. InQuadra will be in Matera on October 4th with an exhibition and a two-day workshop. All of the members’ daily experiences will become pictures hanging on the walls of Area8, a space found in the city’s ‘Sassi’. With their photographs as a reflection of our contemporary life, each one of these photographers shows his own different style, his way of walking on the street with a camera in his hands. Some of them show surprise, some like to use a slight abstraction, some picture dramatic emotions while some others watch and shoot with irony and humor. The exhibition will be opening on Saturday October 4th, at 8pm. The workshop will take place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th, traveling around the streets of Matera. Two other workshops will be taken in Colorno: first one on November 8th and 9th, second one on November 15th and 16th.For more info see

What the story of the group “INQUADRA” and what led to its formation?

Though InQuadra was officially born on July 1st 2014, the first ideas and thoughts about creating a collective were already starting to shape in February, when Alex Liverani asked Matteo Sigolo to form a group together, to share their passion for street photography and work together on a daily basis. They then started to look for other italian photographers with interesting work, potential and motivation, to be engaged in the project. 

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Alex Liverani

I was born in 1985 in Faenza, Italy, but actually I live in London.

Since ten years ago, I feel an urgent need to practice photography every day. For many years I worked as a photographer in discos and it is there that my passion for people, their habits and extravagances came out.

I love watching humans, I love to imagine who they are and what they do in their life, I like to predict their behavior and I love to be invisible to their eyes so that I can steal a picture of them.

In 2013 I received the “Nikon Young Talent” award for the category Street Photography. In 2014, we had the idea to create “Inquadra”, a collective of street photographers, and, in the same year, I’ve been included among the twelve finalists of “LEICA TALENT ITALIA”.

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How did your collaboration start? 

We looked through the internet and all over Italy for photographers with very different ways of looking into the street; we wanted to create a heterogeneous mixture of people, a group that could use diversity as its main and strong feature. But despite the differences that one can witness by looking at our photographs, we are united by the strong will to collaborate and share targets.

InQuadra was joined by Luca Bottazzi, Salvatore Matarazzo, Luigi Casentini, Roberto Deri and Mariano Silletti.

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Salvatore Matarazzo

I’m a young professional photographer born and based in Viareggio, Tuscany. My father conveyed me the passion for photography in childhood, and after some years I stopped attending school to dedicate myself to Photography. I’m specialized in furniture and interior but street photography is definitely my calling and the best way to express my personal skills and craft. Become a member of the collective Italian inQuadraand the collective international Elephant Gun in June 2014

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Going through your website I was able to see that your activity is well developed and bound to a common passion, street photography.  Why did you choose this genre?

It wasn’t a choice. Each and every member of our collective found their path to and through street photography in their own way, individually, reaching different approaches and styles. What we love is finding the unordinary in the ordinary daily life, and that goes for all of us.

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Luca Bottazzi

I’m a young documentary / street photographer born in 1988, currently based in Bologna, Italy. I love to explore the connection between people and their urban environment, which is always at the center of my attention. It’s all about trying to catch small gestures of everyday moments, and the rest is on the viewer to decide.

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How much does technique weight over emotions in a street shot?

Technical skill and emotional value are important but not crucial. A good photograph comes from patience, fast sense, instinct and luck.

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Luigi Casentini

I’m a fotoreporter born in 1974. I approached the street recently, at first considering it as a container for those shots that I liked but I knew not be published in the report, then more and more as a major element of my live photography. My photos are a search for balance, I am fascinated by the lines, compositions, colors and light.

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Do you think this type of photography has a unique cultural value and a real chance of spreading ?

What Italy offers the audience regarding this genre is very little and disappointing; it is definitely not enough to draw people to be interested about it and it’s lacking of inspiration and originality. That is one of the reasons why we started this collective. We want to build a full calendar of events, exhibitions, workshops, festivals and meetings all about street photography; and we’d like to focus on contemporary work, because what usually happens nowadays is that attention keeps being drawn on highly renowned and experienced photographers – which is not necessarily a bad thing, but people tends to forget the importance of giving credit and opportunities to young and new authors.

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Mariano Silletti

I was born in 1972 in Pisticci (MT), I live in Matera (Italy). My personal photographic research explores issues such as street photography and reportage documentary. I am part of the group of Italian street photography InQuadra.

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What is your common trait?

We are all very different in age, geographic provenience and photographic background; we were brought together by commitment and desire to contribute spreading our work and word as a group. What we most have in common though is that we simply love being out on the street, just watching life pass and shooting, trying to capture the decisive moment.

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Roberto Deri

I’m a professional photographer based in Florence, Italy. My goal is to combine the creative aesthetic style of street photography with a visual storytelling approach. My photographs circulate in commercial & editorial projects commissioned by private companies and vent organizers. As with my personals projects I am a documentary photographer with a strong interest in social aspects of people inhabiting the built environment.

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Which are your most important past projects? What about the future?

Every one of us is working and will keep working on ideas and projects, both individually and collectively. All of it is going to be published on our website once properly structured and finished.

We then have our first group exhibition planned: it is going to take place in Area 8, Matera, starting October 4th to November 4th, and we’re going to have a two-days launching workshop about street photography. Another workshop will be happening on November 8th and 9th at Colorno Photo Life 2014, near Parma. Many other events are being sorted out.

We then plan to look for new members for InQuadra in the next few months; we’re looking for motivated and valuable individuals, someone who can bring and share inspiration and good work.

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Matteo Sigolo

Matteo was born in 1986. He lives and works in Ravenna.

Starting from his first years of university, he slowly develops a deep love for photography, which soon becomes a big part of his life. He gets some first notions from his grandfather and, later, from a starter course, continuing then as self-taught.Following his great love for nature, he first experiences landscape photography. A couple of years later, a long journey around China gives him the possibility to see a completely different environment from the European one, full of interesting characters and situations, which makes the human being the new object of his artistic research. From then on he starts getting closer and closer to photojournalism and street photography, gradually letting the staticness of landscape photography go. Expressions, gestures, the fervid and lively life of the street and its inhabitants finally become Matteo’s main interests.In 2014 he is among the founders of InQuadra, an italian street photography collective.


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Does the group have an ultimate goal?

Thanks to the internet and social networks, with their easy and quick sharing systems, interest and curiosity towards street photography have lately been increasing. We generally want to follow and be part of this growing process, which is what we’ve been trying to do since our first steps, through our social pages and website.

Other than that, we don’t have any specific final goals; we just want to keep going and plan our work and future projects out properly, without losing our way.