1,344 work prints made during Frank's early years in Europe and from the Guggenheim negatives, 1955–1957.
Three groups of prints have been classified as work prints. The quality of the print does not determine its designation as a work print, although it is clear that Frank did not strive toward perfect tone or contrast in the work prints. Rather, the classification results from Frank's conception and use of the prints.
The first group of work prints comprises what appear to be contact prints (that is, the same size as Frank's negatives) made during his early years in Switzerland.
Collection search: Work prints 1937–1950
The second group of work prints includes prints Frank made in France in 1951, as well as a few other prints from Spain, London, and Wales.
Collection search: Work prints 1951–1953
The final group of work prints Frank made from his Guggenheim negatives, 1955–1957, as he worked toward the grouping and sequencing of The Americans.
Collection search: Work prints 1954–1958