Brian L. Frank

Brian L. Frank

b. 1979

A San Francisco native, Brian L. Frank has created social documentary projects across the Americas focusing on cultural identity, social inequality, violence, workers rights and the environment.

Most recently, he co-founded the Tacet-Eye Long Form Documentary Workshop. His recent collaboration with For Freedoms and National Geographic documents faith in the California migrant worker community. He is a Professor of Journalism and a Catchlight Global-Fellow. His work with Catchlight, The Pulitzer Center and The Marshall Project has focused on mass incarceration’s effects on minority communities and visuals-based, education curriculum development.

His 2-year project, Downstream, Death of the Colorado, is held in permanent collection at the United States Library of Congress and was recognized by POYi with the Global Vision Award. His work has been recognized with numerous other awards both nationally and internationally.

Upon completing the Journalism program at SFSU, he worked primarily for The Wall Street Journal from 2008 – 2014 and currently focuses on long-term documentary magazine features in California, the American Southwest, and Mexico.

His work has frequently appeared in most major national and international publications, including National Geographic, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Harpers, The Atlantic, Mother Jones, The New York Times and many other publications.

Archive Exhibitions Featuring Brian L. Frank

Forced Migration: There and Here

Annenberg Space for Photography
 archive : Photoville LA

Photo reportage and portraiture highlighting the common humanity among those fleeing violence south of California and environmental refugees arriving from the north.

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Focal Points: 2017 Catchlight Fellows

Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
 archive : 2018

CatchLight’s inaugural “Focal Points” exhibition features work from the 2017 CatchLight fellows, Tomas Van Houtryve, Sarah Blesener, and Brian L. Frank who were each paired with a media partner — the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, The Center for Investigative Reporting, and the Marshall Project, respectively.

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Archive Sessions and Events Featuring Brian L. Frank

Jun 142024

Deep Dive: “Telling Long-term Stories”

We all know the challenge: you have an idea for a long-term project, but what next?

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Apr 272019

Safety in Focus: The US/Mexico Border

This panel will use coverage of the US/Mexico border as a case study to delve deeply into the issues photographers face while trying to work safely and effectively.

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Sep 152018

How Do We Focus Our Gaze? Connecting Photography & Social Impact

Hear from CatchLight’s founder and fellows about our unique focus on solving the giant mismatch between artists and their potential for social impact by surrounding longform storytelling with resources, networks and leadership to bring to life and amplify the reach of their stories.

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