A translation of all the photographs in Robert Frank's seminal book from 1959, "The Americans." The 83 iconic photographs were cut out and scanned in order to derive their individual histogram data. The generated graphs present the unique distributions of tonal ranges in each image, from shadows on the left to midtones and highlights on the right.

Occasional iterations and collaborations from the data here

An extended statement I wrote about the project for In the In-Between here





Jack Kerouac, from the introductory essay to "The Americans," 1959





All 83 images in order





James Gleick, from "The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood," 2011





Stars & Stripes





Nine views of Detroit





Six scenes from the highway





Two bars