Robert Frank was a Swiss-born American photographer and filmmaker. He was born on November 9, 1924 in Zürich, Switzerland and started working as a photographer in 1941. During the following six years Frank worked at various commerical studios in Switzerland. In 1947, Robert Frank emigrated to the United States and met with Alexey Brodovitch, who worked for Harper's Bazaar, where Frank began to work creating fashion photos. Over the subsequent years Frank was published in a number of other print based media including Vogue. In 1955 Frank was encouraged by his mentor, Walker Evans, to apply for a Guggenheim Fellowship. Frank was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship to travel across the United States and photograph the variety of culture in the population. This project was continued by Frank after the fellowship's completion and would later be published as a book titled "The Americans". The work of Robert Frank is in many collections worldwide including: the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Kunsthaus Zürich, and numerous others.