RIP – Robert Frank

Robert Frank, best known for this photographic work during the Exile On Main Street era, died September 9th at the age of 94.

Trolley, New Orleans, 1955, from The Americans … an image from the exhibition Robert Frank: Unseen at C/O Berlin Foundation, Berlin, from 13 September until 30 November. Photograph: Robert Frank/Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthur
Trolley, New Orleans, 1955, from The Americans … an image from the exhibition Robert Frank: Unseen at C/O Berlin Foundation, Berlin, from 13 September until 30 November. Photograph: Robert Frank/Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthur

The Guardian calls him a “revolutionary American photographer” – and quite rightly so: “Frank’s seminal book The Americans, with an introduction by Jack Kerouac, helped to change the direction of photography”.  Besides his massive work and influence, of which you can get a glimpse in teh Guardian article, he is forever connected with The Rolling Stones:


After being commissioned to take cover photography for Exile on Main Street, Frank went on to make Cocksucker Blues, a documentary about the Rolling Stones’ 1972 tour of America, which the band sued him for in order to prevent its release. Described as “an ambient Stones movie” it showed the band and groupies involved in drug taking and group sex. It was shelved in favour of another documentary of the 1972 tour, titled Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones.

=> rollingstone.comRolling Stones Mourn Photographer, ‘Cocksucker Blues’ Director Robert Frank

=> theatlantic.comRobert Frank’s Messy and Singular Rolling Stones Documentary – A controversial film about the band directed by the late photographer is an off-kilter masterpiece that reveals his singular eye.

=> ultimateclassicrock.comRobert Frank, ‘Exile on Main St.’ Photographer, Dies

=> liveforlivemusic.com‘Exile On Main Street’ Photographer Robert Frank Dies, The Rolling Stones Pay Tribute

We’re very sad to hear the news that the visionary photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank has died. Robert collaborated with us on a number of projects including the cover design of ‘Exile On Main Street’ and directed the ‘Cocksucker Blues’ documentary. He was an incredible artist whose unique style broke the mould. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.