U.S. 285, New Mexico,1955 by Robert Frank [also]
Frank asked Jack Kerouac to write the introduction to “The Americans.” Of this photograph, Kerouac wrote: “Long shot of night road arrowing forlorn into immensities and flat of impossible-to-believe America in New Mexico under the prisoner’s moon.”
‘This was not to be the usual sort of screen test as it was to take place in his flat, against a white sheet with a couple of lamps. There was to be no soundtrack, just silent film. I was to photograph Joan in a similar manner after the completion of the test, to show the characterisaation in still form. The main stipulation being that Joan should wear absolutely no makeup, and her hair was to be flattened and tied back from her face. He wanted no form of illusion.
Joan was horrified to be asked to dispense with her two most valuable assets - assets which she’d been led to believe were essential to film actresses at all times. Regardless, she looked stunning – though sadly she didn’t get the part.’
Late in the summer of 1908 Rodin moved the plaster of his sculpture of the French writer Honoré de Balzac out of his studio and into the open air so that Steichen, who disliked its chalky aspect in the daylight, could photograph it by the light of the moon. Waiting through several exposures as long as an hour each, Steichen made this exposure at 4:00 A.M., when the moonlight transformed the plaster into a monumental silhouette against the brooding nocturnal landscape. Steichen recalled that when he presented his finished pigment prints some weeks later, an elated Rodin exclaimed, “You will make the world understand my Balzac through your pictures. They are like Christ walking on the desert.” Stieglitz reproduced this image along with nine of Rodin’s drawings in “Camera Work” in July 1911.