I’m have to say I’ve known little about Frank, Even though I was once student of his. It could be perhaps back in the days I, among other classmates, were spent most of our times in the darkroom perfecting the print he was asking for. But it was his passion as a documentary photographer and his dedication to push us to become a better printer that inspired us, especially those of us who end up pursuing photojournalistic related works.
A Puerto Rican decent and the true disciple of Eugene Smith, Frank lived through a turbulent time in the 1960s both as a photographer and an activist in the US. He was actively involved in many grassroots projects while capturing The Civil Rights Era through his lens. Between 1979 and 1981 he documented 30 Puerto Rican diaspora communities both in the Mainland US and Hawaii through a grant from National Endowment for the Humanities. The project gain its recognition through the form of exhibitions and a book published in 2006.
Frank’s passion for teaching is unquestionable. As the student of Eugene Smith, he was a firm believer in having a photographic production done entirely by the hands of photographer. I remembered when I was his student he would always pushing students to spent more time to refine their prints, as he believed the importance of the craft. In today’s digital dominated world this might seem obsolete but the craft we learned from him gave us a foundation to be a better photographer as we slowed down, became more focused and disciplined.
It is saddened that Frank had passed away. But he’ll always be remembered.