Brian L. Frank


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

In 2017, he was awarded a lifetime fellowship by the Catchlight foundation to continue work on a project documenting mass incarceration's effects on minority comunities. His 2-year 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. His project on the drug war and culture of violence in Mexico, La Guerra Mexicana, was awarded the Domestic News Picture Story of the year by the NPPA. Brian's work has been recognized with numerous other awards from both national and international press organizations.

After 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 appeared in Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, California Sunday Magazine, Harper's, The Atlantic, GQ, Esquire, Fortune, Mother Jones, Newsweek, TIME, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Wired, Politico, Virginia Quarterly Review, PDN, American Photo, The Fader, The New York Times, U.S.News & World Report, The San Francisco Chronicle, and many other publications.

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