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Frank Espada

American, 1930–
Aqueduct Race Track [Two Men Watching the Races], Vintage silver print, 1959.
ReturnAqueduct Race Track [Two Men Watching the Races]

Inventory number: 4933

Title: Aqueduct Race Track [Two Men Watching the Races]

Date: 1959

Medium: Vintage silver print

Image size: 10½ in (26.7 cm) high by 13½ in (34.3 cm) wide

Description: Signed and dated in pencil, with photographer’s stamp on reverse of flush-mount.

Price: $3,500

 

ReturnAqueduct Race Track Opening Day [Placing a Bet]

Inventory number: 4939

Title: Aqueduct Race Track Opening Day [Placing a Bet]

Date: 1959

Medium: Vintage silver print

Image size: 9¼ in (23.5 cm) high by 12⅛ in (30.8 cm) wide

Description: Signed, titled and dated in pencil on reverse of print.

Price: $3,000

 

ReturnAqueduct Race Track (Reading the Fine Print)

Inventory number: 4932

Title: Aqueduct Race Track (Reading the Fine Print)

Date: 1959

Medium: Vintage silver print

Image size: 10½ in (26.7 cm) high by 10 in (25.4 cm) wide

Description: Signed and dated in ink, with photographer’s stamp on reverse of flush-mount.

Price: $3,000

 

ReturnAqueduct Race Track [Couple at the Track]

Inventory number: 4935

Title: Aqueduct Race Track [Couple at the Track]

Date: 1959

Medium: Vintage silver print

Image size: 10¼ in (26 cm) high by 13⅜ in (34 cm) wide

Description: Signed and dated in ink, with photographer’s stamp on reverse of flush-mount.

Price: $3,500

 

ReturnAqueduct Race Track [Jockey on Horseback]

Inventory number: 4937

Title: Aqueduct Race Track [Jockey on Horseback]

Date: 1959

Medium: Vintage silver print

Image size: 8 in (20.3 cm) high by 10¾ in (27.3 cm) wide

Description: Signed, titled and dated in pencil on reverse of print.

Price: $2,500

 

ReturnFrank Espada

Born in Puerto Rico, Frank Espada  migrated to New York City with his family in 1939. After high school, a stint in the airforce, and a brief period studying at City College of New York, he enrolled at the New York Institute of Photography for two years . Together with Dave Heath, a close friend, he also studied photography with Eugene Smith. Smith’s concern for the human condition resonated strongly with Espada’s own ethos.

For Espada photography took a back seat for many years to the need earn a living and support his family. After 10 years in the electrical contracting business Espada moved into a career as a political organizer in 1967. He served as Executive Vice President of the New York Urban Coalition and as Deputy Commissioner of the Community Development Agency of New York City. During this period he also worked as a documentary photographer, recording the civil rights struggle and other related social movements.

He began to devote himself to photography full-time in 1979, when he was awarded a three-year grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities to realize his long-held goal - to document the Puerto Rican Diaspora in the United States. Forty exhibitions of these photographs took place between 1981 and 1996, and in 2006 his book The Puerto Rican Diaspora: Themes in the Survival of a People was published.

After moving to San Francisco in 1985 he discovered his gift for teaching photography; he has served on the faculties of several Bay Area institutions. In 2008 in recognition of his distinguished record of personal and professional accomplishments and service to society he received a Doctor of Arts degree from Lehman College of the City University of New York.  In 2009 the Library of Congress acquired a large collection of his photographs of the Puerto Rican Diaspora.

 

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