Cinematography, Photography and Literature
Robert Frank's Aesthetic Triptych

William A. Nericcio
Professor of English, Comparative Literature, and
Latin American Studies,San Diego State University

A Public Lecture
Jacobs Theater at MoPA 

Museum of Photographic Arts
Balboa Park, San Diego, California
October 5, 2000 @ 7pm
Members $7
Students and Seniors $8
General Public $9

Lovers of film, photography, and literature are often left to pursue their insatiable aesthetic desires only one medium at a time. 

Happily, the work of Robert Frank presents a singular opportunity to bring together and enjoy these three dynamic and increasingly incestuous media simultaneouly. 

In the pages that follow, brace yourself for a multi-media screening presentation, lecture, and discussion will consider...

a). Robert Frank’s infamous short film Pull My Daisy, adapted from a play by Beat poet deities Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg...

b). selected Robert Frank photographic plates including “Elevator--Miami Beach” and “Television Studio, Burbank, California.” ...

c). selected works by Beat poets and writers...

The goal of this piece, originally produced for MOPA in San Diego, was to see how the aesthetic dynamics of one medium impacts upon the development of other related media: how, for example, Robert Frank’s work as a photographer in “The Americans” evocatively contaminates his camera-work in Pull My Daisy; or how Beat literary aesthetics impacts upon Frank’s narrative strategies as a photographer and film-maker.