The GSA Public Lecture Series Presents: Don't Blink - Robert Frank
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The GSA Public Lecture


Reid Auditorium, Reid Building The Glasgow School of Art 164 Renfrew Street Glasgow G36RF


10 May 2017
17:00 - 19:30



Still from Don't Blink
dir. Laura Israel, 2016

The GSA Public Lecture Series Presents: Don't Blink - Robert Frank

Event info

Special screening of Don't Blink (dir. Laura Israel, 2015) as part of the GSA Public Lecture Series at The Glasgow School of Art

10 May 2017, 17:00-19:30

The screening will be introduced by Torsten Lauschmann, artist and lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory and Practice at Edinburgh College of Art. A Q&A will follow with Lauschmann and John Farrell, co-organiser of Glasgow Zine Fest and alumni of the GSA Fine Art Photography Department.

This is the second screening of the film which had its Scottish premiere at Glasgow Zine Fest on 29th April at CCA.

Free Admission, book here

Even Robert Frank’s friends will tell you that he is difficult. One of the most influential figures in the worlds of photography and independent filmmaking, Frank has never been easily approachable. 

For over six decades he has held steadfast to a singular vision and earned widespread acclaim without forsaking his outsider status. At age 91, he continues producing photography books, making intimate videos and enjoying the company of his tight circle of friends. 

A Swiss expatriate who moves between NYC and Nova Scotia, Frank’s photos, films and texts are imbued with a profoundly poetic, deeply introspective sensibility. He is a cult figure whose ties to the Beat Generation and Rolling Stones earned him both respect and a certain infamy. Most celebrated for his seminal photo book The Americans and the landmark independent film Pull My Daisy, Frank has spent his career ignoring aesthetic and cultural boundaries. Frank’s multi-layered life and work are largely inseparable, and he has never been ready to let someone tell his story until Don’t Blink directed by Laura Israel, his longtime film and video editor. Their years of collaboration have resulted in a rare working relationship built on intuition and mutual trust.

Don't Blink follows Frank from his early family life in Switzerland to his reluctance to embrace celebrity status in New York to his eventual quest for solitude in a remote corner of Nova Scotia, Canada. 

A series of personal tragedies pushed Frank to painfully explore complex feelings about family and friends, memory and loss, acceptance of change, and loneliness. Don't Blink offers audiences revelatory insight into the intricacies of his photos, films and personal history while artfully revealing Robert Frank’s complex life story.