Frank Relle is a photographer born and based in New Orleans, Louisiana. His work is included the Smithsonian Museum of American History, the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. His photographs have been printed in the New Yorker, the Southern Review and the Oxford American magazines.
Frank is the recipient of numerous awards including a 2007 International Photography Award and the Photo Lucida Critical Mass top 50 photographers 2006 and 2011.
On finding his path to photography, Frank says:
“After college, I wanted to be a writer so I went to Paris. Penniless, I slept outside on the steps of the Trocadero. Eventually I met a great teacher, Jacques Laval, who introduced me to the works of Goya, Rembrandt and Proust.
Taking the long route home, a silver-haired man named Captain Paul Morgan gave me a job on a tugboat. While sailing in the Caribbean Sea, I read Tolstoy and realized that I would never cut it as a writer.
I decided to pursue photography. I went to New York to find photography, but lost it in the bright lights and darkrooms. I came home to New Orleans and listened to Bob French’s voice on WWOZ.
On meditative nightly drives behind the wheel of my grandmother’s 1986 Lincoln Town Car, I discovered a new way to see. Low to the ground, that wide, old windshield provided the best viewfinder I’ve ever used. Shot from 2004 to the present, the photographs are lit to capture the mood from that same perspective. The images leave room for the viewers’ interpretations and for a cast of characters to take position in the foreground.”
B.S. (2000) Cognitive Science and Philosophy
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
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( Updated March 2010)