Frank Relle is a photographer born and based in New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from Tulane University with degrees in Cognitive Science and Philosophy.  His work is included in the public collections of the Smithsonian Museum of American History, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and in the private collections of Wynton Marsalis, Brad Pitt, Ellen DeGeneres, Drew Brees and Sheryl Crow.  

Relle’s photographs have been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, National Geographic, The Southern Review and The Oxford American, and he is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2019 Michael P. Smith Award for Documentary Photography, a 2007 International Photography Award, and was one of the Photo Lucida Critical Mass Top 50 Photographers in 2006 and 2011. 

He was the curator of the New Orleans to Moscow Cultural Exchange Exhibition at the Multimedia Museum.

910 Royal Street
In April 2016, the Frank Relle Gallery opened on Royal Street. There, Frank is able to share his vision of the beauty, culture and history of New Orleans and Southern Louisiana.   Frank’s photographs hang in the double parlor of historic Miltenberger House, once the home of the Princess of Monaco.  Surrounded by antiques sourced from New Orleans’s famed auction houses and hung over restored heart pine floors, the photographs Relle has taken of the city’s houses and landscapes over a decade of nocturnal exploration find their native context: a place that lives its present in the past.


Selected Public Collections

National Museum of American History-Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C.

New Orleans Museum of Art
New Orleans, LA

Louisiana State Museum
New Orleans, LA

Museum of Fine Arts
Houston, TX 


Tulane University
B.S. (2000) Cognitive Science and Philosophy