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Fran DeRespinis

About the Artist

Fran DeRespinis As a young boy, I snapped photos with my father’s Kodak Instamatic and Polaroid Land cameras and then purchased my first 35mm camera as a freshman in college. Eager to express myself visually, I photographed campus politics and life on the streets.

As a high school teacher in the Hudson Valley of New York, I walked the streets of Manhattan on the weekends, recording both the people and urban landscapes of the city. What caught my eye then (and still does now) was both the vibrancy of human activity and the quiet of architectural spaces. Wanting more professional training, I studied at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and the Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY, both of which honed my skills and deepened my appreciation for my first influences, Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus, Bruce Davidson and Robert Doisneau.

Though I now shoot a bit more of the natural world and portraiture, I remain true to my first vision from the playground, observing and shooting the streets, looking for the odd, the quirky, and sometimes the quiet in everyday life, creating mostly black and white photographs but also faux color infrared images.

I’ve exhibited in Woodstock NY, NYC, Miami and Boca Raton FL, Providence RI, and throughout the Research Triangle Park area of NC. As a member of the Capital City Camera Club of Raleigh NC, I was named Photographer of the year in 2015 and currently exhibit with The Image Salon, a Triangle-based group of fine art photographers. 

photography by Fran DeRespinisphotography by Fran DeRespinis


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