Wearing his signature baseball cap, Brian L. Frank, POYi award winning photographer whose work is prominently featured in this exhibition's digital video, gave an awesome lecture at the Space on Thursday.
Brian covered his current portfolio as well as images of the Colorado River that brought him international success as POYi's Global Visionary Award recipient. Brian spoke at length about his inspirations, including the WPA photographs of the country during the depression.
Brian's tip for success was as simple and clear as his personal presentation
... respect the story and respect the voice of the subject regardless of how unpopular the point of view is.
Understanding the perspective of the subject is critical to the success of the image and the impact it has.
Brian shared some of his current multimedia projects as well as his thoughts on the industry's use of audio still projects and how it can be improved.
Witty and all too charming, Brian's ability to establish genuine relationships with his subjects was evident in his ease of establishing a relationship with those of use who gathered to hear him speak and see his images. His down-to-earth connection with his subjects and the environment he captures has produced some of the most remarkable images of Mexico City and its people we've ever seen.
He even demonstrated his ability to establish ease with his subject on a few of our attending guests!
Thank you Brian L. Frank...you are a humble inspiration.
(PS On July 23 Brian appeared on NPR's discussing his photo essay "Death of the Colorado" - very cool!)
(All Photos © 2010 Unique for the Space)