Edward Lachman and New York remember Robert Frank

Photographer/filmmaker passed away aged 94

by Anne-Katrin Titze

Ed Lachman and New York remember Robert Frank: "Robert was the truest of poets but without words...his heart, mind and eye will always be missed...."
Ed Lachman and New York remember Robert Frank: "Robert was the truest of poets but without words...his heart, mind and eye will always be missed...." Photo: Ed Bahlman

Robert Frank died on September 9, in Inverness, Nova Scotia, at the age of 94. He was the director of Me And My Brother on Julius and Peter Orlovsky, co-written by Sam Shepard; an infamous Rolling Stones documentary; Candy Mountain with Rudy Wurlitzer, and the short Pull My Daisy with Alfred Leslie, written by Jack Kerouac. Robert Frank, best known for his photography book The Americans, has been the subject of two recent documentaries.

The last time I saw Robert Frank and his wife June Leaf, was on June 1. They were sitting on the bench pictured here on Bleecker Street ...
The last time I saw Robert Frank and his wife June Leaf, was on June 1. They were sitting on the bench pictured here on Bleecker Street ... Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

There is Laura Israel’s Don't Blink: Robert Frank, shot by Edward Lachman and Lisa Rinzler, featuring archival footage of Allen Ginsberg, William S Burroughs, Robert Downey Sr. and The Rolling Stones, with interviews with June Leaf and Robert Frank, which had its world première at the New York Film Festival in 2015. Gerald Fox's Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait Of Robert Frank, originally filmed for a South Bank episode in 2004, received a theatrical release this year with additional interviews of Frank.

The last time I saw Robert Frank and his wife June Leaf, was on June 1. They were sitting on the bench pictured here on Bleecker Street, when Ed Bahlman and I exchanged good evening greetings with them as we walked over to Anthology Film Archives for a programme of Richard Kern and Beth B films presented by Tessa Hughes-Freeland and Beth.

Cinematographer/photographer Ed Lachman sent the following concise tribute:

"Robert was the truest of poets but without words...his heart, mind and eye will always be missed...." - Ed Lachman

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