Brian Frank is an austere man. Not aggressive. Probably never got in a fight in his life. So why would he spend months photographing Fight Night? Motivation and intent always fascinate. The truth is I have never asked Brian the big “why?”.
Fact is, it doesn’t matter. Getting the motivational key is crucial. Yet for the viewer one only gets a whiff of motive. Visceral reactions are rarely in need of explanation. When I make photographs and when I view strong work of others the reaction is similar. A gut-level buzz. Rare yet it is what I always want and need.
Frank’s work cuts to the bone. The blood, sweat, tears, and beers. Twisted odd juxtapositions that obfuscate cleverly/mysteriously just as they work to inform. Take it or leave it, Brian has stewed in this juice.
Combat. Right in the gut.
David Alan Harvey