Brian Frank

Editorial Photojournalist
  
American Dreamscape
Location: San Francisco, CA
Nationality: USA
Biography: b. 1979 A San Francisco native, I have worked on social documentary projects across the Americas focusing on cultural identity, social inequality, violence, workers rights and the environment.  My 2-year project, Downstream, Death of the... read on

American, a word which can be proudly bellowed, uttered maliciously, whispered disapprovingly.  Few single words across this land have an equivalent power to unite or divide.  American Dreamscape, is an essay produced on two wheels from ocean to ocean, across mountains and open prairie, searching for the common threads that coalesce the American community.  Dreamscape explores the gap between cultural ambitions and the often diminished realities of everyday American life.  It inquires into the shared mythology of heading west, pioneering a frontier while carving out individual identities that when combined, create one people.  

The content is inspired by a feeling that my cultural background has given me a unique perspective on what it means to be American.  Some of my first memories are from crossing the open plains with my family in an old VW bus, headed out west.  Its a scene that has played itself out repeatedly throughout our American History, whether it be in a wagon train or an old model-T Ford.  Its a uniquely American experience that still visits me in my dreams.  

In Dreamscape, I wanted to re-create how I feel in my dreams while bridging the gap between the American reality and American Dreams
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My American Dream

By Brian Frank — My American Dream is a look at my life and those important to me while I tried to re-find my passion for photography and storytelling, while..
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Cuba Libre

By Brian Frank — Cuba, a time and place as beautiful as it is misunderstood.  An egalitarian beacon of hope, an example of oppression, flourishing beauty of art..
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West Eden (in progress)

By Brian Frank — America, land of plenty.  Plenty of oil, land, food and cheap labor to bring it to your door.  The fundamental hypocrisy of a system that..
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Fire for Freedom

By Brian Frank — 30-40% of California's forest fire fighters are state prison inmates, with roughly 4,000 felons on the front lines of active fires across the state...
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Agave, Corazon de Mexico

By Brian Frank — Mezcal, a traditional spirit passed from indigenous ancestors to the people of Mexico has exploded in popularity in the high-end mixology bars of..
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La Guerra Mexicana

By Brian Frank — Over 6000 people were murdered in relation to drug violence in Mexico in 2007. The drug war escalated to new heights of violence never before..
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Death of The Colorado

By Brian Frank — The Colorado River, a waterway that stretches over 1400 miles from its origins in the northwest United States to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico, is a..
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