A San Francisco native, Brian L. Frank has worked on social documentary projects across Latin America focusing on social inequalities, violence, workers rights and the environment.
Frank has always found inspiration from his parents — his mother is a first-generation immigrant from the island of Trinidad, and his father is a paramedic and staunch union activist. In 2007 he drove a ’68 VW across Mexico, landing in Mexico City, where he lived and worked until August 2009. Based in San Francisco again, he continues to work extensively in Mexico as well as Northern and Southern California.
Frank ’s awards include the 2010 Global Vision Award by POYi for “Downstream: The Death of the Colorado,” and the 2009 NPPA Domestic News Picture Story of the year for “La Guerra Mexicana.”
His work is held in collection at the United States Library of Congress and he has shown work and lectured at the Annenberg Space for Photography, the San Francisco Mexican Consulate, UC Berkeley and the Exposure, Space and La Raza galleries in San Francisco, in addition to others.
A frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle, his work has appeared in Esquire, Newsweek, TIME , Le Monde, Virginia Quarterly Review, PDN, American Photo, The Fader, The New York Times, U.S.News & World Report, and many other publications.
A founding member of the Razon photo collective, his archive is syndicated by Redux Pictures, New York, NY.