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Robert Frank's Elevator Girl Sees Herself Years Later

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 04, 2009
Updated: Friday, December 27, 2013

ImageOne of photographer Robert Frank's most famous images aroused a particular interest from his friend, beat writer Jack Kerouac.


In his introduction to Frank's book of photos The Americans, Kerouac writes, "That little ole lonely elevator girl looking up sighing in an elevator full of blurred demons, what's her name & address?"

Now we know.

Today, Sharon Collins lives in San Francisco. About 10 years ago she visited the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and found herself drawn to a particular photo — the same photo Jack Kerouac wrote about.

Listen to the segment on National Public Radio.


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