The Indianapolis Star has identified the young motorcycle-riding couple in Robert Frank's photo "Indianapolis" in his book The Americans. As reporter Christopher Lloyd writes, "Robert Frank, meet Mack and T Smiley."
Mack was an avid motocyclist and his wife Telester rode with him occasionally, including the day a half-century ago when they caught Frank's eye. They were identified by friends and relatives after The Star published the photo Sunday in a package of articles related to the exhibit (opening today) at the Indianapolis Museum of Art of Frank's photos with the famous "scroll" on which Jack Kerouac wrote On the Road.
A timely exhibit, it coincides with a nicely done re-issue of The Americans published by Steidl