2017 CatchLight Fellow: Brian Frank

Brian Frank, of San Francisco, is a social documentary photographer. He will be working with The Marshall Project to document the activities of organizations working to provide viable alternatives to prison for people caught in the cycles of poverty and crime. In his own words:

In recent years, I have reported throughout California on organizations that challenge the perceived norms of community-engagement, intervention and policing. Initiatives with the boldest imaginations, the most reflexive responses, and the most unorthodox methods, are the ones that secure the greatest reduced violence, renewed trust and viable alternatives to crime for people caught in cycles of poverty and transgression. I've ridden with police special gang units, shadowed former gang members as they outreach to a younger generation, and photographed California's last remaining youth prison work camp.
I propose to document closely the activities of these groups and connect the dots between them. I want to show their people-led and person-centric solutions. I want to shine a light on the small, inventive and empowering solutions that are, essentially, the opposite of the one-size-fits-all response that is a mega-jail. I’ll furnish a series of features of these groups.
 
© Brian Frank

© Brian Frank

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All images © Brian Frank

All images © Brian Frank


Brian Frank: Biography

Brian, a San Francisco native, has worked on social documentary projects across the Americas that focus on cultural identity, social inequality, violence, workers rights and the environment. 

His project Downstream, Death of the Colorado, is held in the permanent collection at the United States Library of Congress and was recognized by POYi with the Global Vision Award. After completing the journalism program at San Francisco State University, Brian worked for The Wall Street Journal. In 2014, he began focusing on long-term documentary and magazine feature work in California, the American Southwest and Mexico.