With a book introduction written by Jack Kerouac and the following of influential artists like Allen Ginsberg and the Rolling Stones, Robert Frank was an innovator. What I like most about him is his approach and tenacity. When his book The Americans was released in France in 1958 no american publisher would touch it. When they did the reviews were terrible. The magazine Popular Photography with its huge following at the time said his work was full of “meaningless blur, grain, muddy exposures, drunken horizons and general sloppiness” and dubbed him a “joyless man who hates the country of his adoption.” Not cool at all. Despite this he forged on with his work. I also really like his early approach to photographing people. He would often travel with his wife and two children and live amongst the subjects he photographed in an almost ethnographic approach.