US photographer Robert Frank awarded for work

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27 June 2007, MADRID - Veteran American photographer Robert Frank was presented with a lifetime achievement award by PhotoEspana, one of Spain's premier photography festivals, organizers announced.

27 June 2007

MADRID - Veteran American photographer Robert Frank was presented with a lifetime achievement award by PhotoEspana, one of Spain's premier photography festivals, organizers announced.

Swiss-born Frank, 82, is best-known for his chronicling of class divisions and racism in the United States. He influenced several Beat Generation writers including Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac.

"His professional accomplishments have influenced contemporary photography," Claude Bussac, director of the Madrid festival, said in statement.

Accepting the award, Frank told reporters his only previous travels to Spain were in the 1940s to the eastern city of Valencia. He said the city was full of a "beauty and the mystery" that affected his later work.

The PhotoEspana lifetime achievement prize is worth $16,000 (€12,000) and a trophy designed by Spanish sculptor Eduardo Arroyo.

Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado was honored with the festival's audience award for an exhibition of his photographs, "Africa." Spanish photographer Javier Vallhonrat was selected best Spanish photographer showing at the festival.

PhotoEspana runs until July 22.

[Copyright AP with Expatica]

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