A dramatic black and white photograph of a forlorn old house, captured on a gray wet day in the dying steel town of Youngstown, Ohio, dated 1985, numbered at left 42/200 and pencil signed at lower right margin by noted American photographer and broadcast personality GARY FRANKLIN (1928-2007). The work measures 17" by 13 3/8" inside the innermost mat and 24" by 20 1/4" as framed. The dreary scene was captured by a talented photographer. Franklin was born in Leipzig, Germany of Jewish parentage. The family escaped the Nazis and moved to the United States. Franklin grew up in New York, ultimately receiving degrees from City College of New York. He showed his early talent for photography as a combat cameraman during the Korean War. After the war he created documentaries in New York and Canada, In 1954 he entered the broadcast business in Virginia. After that business took him to various cities around the country he landed in Los Angeles in 1972, working his way through roving reporter status and finally into notoriety as the film critic for KABC television in Los Angeles in the 1980's. Franklin held that position until 1991, becoming noted for his ratings of films. It is much less known that throughout his life, Franklin was an avid and highly respected photographer, at one point creating a darkroom in his suburban Los Angeles home. It is said that he took over 60,000 images in the course of his life, most in black and white, dramatically capturing a range of subjects from decaying eastern towns to Hollywood celebrities and even presidents. In the late 1980's the International Center of Photography in Manhattan nearly held an exhibition of his works. Conflict of interest considerations doomed the exhibition but the very recognition by this institution demonstrated the level of respect given his work. This is one of two Franklin photographs I am listing in the shop. Allow for reflections in some of the images.
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