• Photographs auction at Christies

    Sale 2229


    7 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 94

    ROBERT FRANK (B. 1924)

    Lure Camera Portfolio

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    ROBERT FRANK (B. 1924)
    Lure Camera Portfolio
    6 lithographs. 1980. Each signed and numbered 14/70 in pencil (in the margin)
    various sizes from 14 x 12¼in. (35.5 x 31.1) to 24¼ x 16¾in. (61.6 x 42.6cm.) (6)

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    The Lure camera was a type of automatic disposable camera. It was sold pre-loaded with color film and once the film was exposed, the entire camera was sent back to the manufacturer in California to be developed and printed. In the early 1970s, Robert Frank received his first Lure camera as a gift. Using it for approximately 5 years, Frank created a series of collages which were ultimately exhibited at the National Film Board of Canada Gallery in Ottawa, Ontario in 1978 and then purchased by the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, where the collection remains.

    In 1980, Mr. Frank, encouraged by the National Film Board's director, Lorraine Monk and the printer Ernie Herzig, produced this portfolio based upon the work he made with the Lure camera.

    Titles and images available upon request.

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