Artist Robert Frank, American, 1924 - 2019
Title
  • Assembly line - Detroit
  • The Americans (series title)
Date 1955, printed ca. 1960s
Medium gelatin silver print
Dimensions Image: 8 7/8 × 13 1/8 inches (22.5 × 33.3 cm)
Sheet: 11 × 14 inches (27.9 × 35.6 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Coville Photographic Fund
Accession Number 1999.7
Department Prints, Drawings & Photographs
Not On View
Signed Signed in black pen and ink, lower right: Robert Frank
Inscriptions Inscribed, dated in black pen and ink, lower left: River Rouge Ford Assembly Plant 1955
In pencil, verso, upper right edge: RF. A. 050.1
Upper right corner: 5005 I (J)
1997, Robert Frank (New York, New York, USA).
1997-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Frank, Robert. Les Americans, with text by Alain Bosquet. Paris, 1958, p. 109 (ill.).

Frank, Robert. The Americans, with text by Jack Kerouac. New York, 1978, p. 111 (ill.).

Robert Frank: The Americans. Berlin, New York, 1997, p. 109 (ill.).

Barr, Nancy. "Truth, Memory, and the American Working-Class City: Robert Frank in Detroit and at the Rouge." Bulletin of the DIA 76, no. 1/2 (2002): p. 65 (ill.).

Barr, Nancy. "Motor City News, Robert Frank in Detroit and at the Rouge." BIG, no. 48 (Sept. 2003).

Baas, Valerie, and Nancy W. Barr. "Note on the Rarity and Care of Works by Robert Frank in the Detroit Institute of Arts." Bulletin of the DIA 80, no. 1/2 (2006): fig. 1, p. 54 (ill.).

Frank, Robert. The Americans, with text by Jack Kerouac. Gottingen, Germany, 2008, pl. 49.

Auto Photo: Cars & Photography, 1900 to Now. Exh. cat., Fondation Cartier. Paris, 2017, pp. 260-261 (ill.).