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Image of Trolley—New Orleans, 1955 10308


Robert Louis Frank


Trolley—New Orleans, 1955

Creation Date



20th century


6 1/8 in. x 9 7/16 in. (15.6 cm. x 24 cm.)

Object Type


Creation Place

North America, American

Medium and Support

gelatin silver print

Credit Line

Museum Purchase, Lloyd O. and Marjorie Strong Coulter Fund


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Accession Number

Gracing the cover of The Americans, this photograph has reached the status of icon in the history of photography. Initially scorned as anti-American, The Americans is Frank’s collection of 83 photographs that exposed the feelings of anxiety, alienation, and loneliness in this country during the 1950s. This personal, passionate series of photographs exposing racism, prejudice, and bigotry are often underlit or underexposed, raw, and off balance, countering standard depictions of this country as vigorous and wholesome. New Orleans depicts segregation at the same time that it suggests the lack of physical and spiritual connection people have to their cities and town.

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