Frank Hunter       Bio


Photographer Frank Hunter is best known for his contemporary reinterpretation of the Romantic American landscape, printing in the richly tonal 19th-century platinum/palladium process. Hunter describes his landscape work as "largely Appalachian," with locations ranging from north Georgia through Ohio. He is much less interested in delineating a "place" than in evoking an emotional response to the “idea” of landscape.  Hunter is also known for striking documentary photography, in which he has been engaged for over 40 years. This work includes explorations of the US-Mexico border near El Paso and Following Monk, documenting the 50th anniversary of Thelonius Monk's debut at Town Hall. He has made contributions to the Appalachian Photographers Project and to Bull City Summer, photographs documenting the Durham Bulls baseball team.


Frank Hunter was born in El Paso, Texas and grew up in the desert southwest. His mother’s family lived in the upper Midwest and his first sense of landscape came in the from of four-day trips by car from southern New Mexico to Northern Michigan each summer from the time he was four years old.

Hunter received an MFA in photography from Ohio University, where he was the John Cady Fellow. He has received grants from the Bernheim Foundation, the International Polaroid collection, and Light Works at Syracuse University. His large-scale platinum/palladium work developed through support from the Fulton County and Georgia Arts Councils in the early l990s. Hunter lived in Atlanta for sixteen years. After a number of years teaching at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies, he now lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Hunter's work is in many public and private collections, including those of the High Museum of Art (Atlanta), Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Denver Museum of Art, Houston Museum of Art, Hunter Museum of American Art, El Paso Museum, Mint Museum of Art (Charlotte), North Carolina Museum of Art, the Ringling Museum of Art (Sarasota), History Colorado, New Mexico History Museum, Polaroid International Collection, Agnes Scott College, Duke University, the Florida State University, the state of Ohio, Atlanta Jackson-Hartsfield International Airport,  the collections of Cy Twombly and Sir Elton John, among others.


His photographs have been featured in many exhibitions, including Polaroid {Im}Possible, at Westlicht, Schauplatz für Fotografie, Vienna (2011), Bull City Summer, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh (2014), with a solo exhibition scheduled for 2015-16 at the SFO Museum, San Francisco. 


His photographs documenting Midtown Atlanta at the beginning of the 21st century were commissioned by the Federal Reserve Bank. His documentary work was also included in the Appalachian Photographers Project, which was featured on NPR. The New York Times published his visual essay on author Alan Gurganus (2014). 



Platinum/Palladium is a late 19th century process that uses iron salts (rather than silver salts) with the precious metals to create images that have the widest tonal range of any photographic process. The images are made in contact (negatives are the size of the prints) on archival drawing or watercolor paper. The solution soaks into the paper fibers, and when the photograph is printed the image extends into the paper fibers giving the illusion of depth (as opposed to gelatin silver prints where the image floats on the top of the paper). Platinum/palladium is known for the depth of its tonalities and for its longevity. It was favored at the turn of the 20th century by such photographers as Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Stand, and Fredrick Evans. After the First World War, the metals became scarce and expensive and the paper was discontinued in mass production. Since that time, the printer/photographer has coated the platinum/palladium images coated by hand.

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