Less Americans

by jonathan salfield

Less Americans by Mishka Henner.

Less Americains, in which the Belgian-born artist-photographer has used two controversial conceptual approaches: appropriation and erasure. He has appropriated the 83 images in Robert Frank's classic book, The Americans (first published in France as Les Americains, hence Henner's punning title). He has also erased much of the original content, leaving blank outlines where once there were faces, buildings, landscapes and people.