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Frank Ward Bio and Links

Over forty years ago my video professor at UMass offered me a summer job creating slide shows. I asked for an advance to buy a camera and became a professional.  Soon after that I met a philanthropist who sponsored me for a year while I created slide shows in Asia. I continue to travel in Asia. In 2012, I was a Cultural Envoy in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan for the US Department of State. In 2011, I received the Massachusetts Cultural Council Award for my photography in the former Soviet Union. My mother continues to be amazed that I am a successful photographer.

I am a professor in the Holyoke Community College Visual Art Department, Holyoke, Massachusetts, USA. I have a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Bard College in New York. I have had a National Endowment for the Arts/ New England Foundation for the Arts grant for work with the Puerto Rican community in Holyoke. The Polaroid Foundation and ViewCamera Magazine have awarded my work in Tibet and the Rotary Foundation has funded my photography in India. I have made many trips to the former Yugoslavia with the Friends of Bosnia and the Center for Balkan Development. This work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe.

In 2006, Amherst College Press published “Curious Footprints”, a book of my natural history photographs with an essay by Nancy Pick and an afterword by Ben Lifson. “Lost in Siberia”, a book of my wife Vivian Leskes’ essays, was published in 2011 by Haley’s with a generous sampling of my photographs from the Former Soviet Union. Both books are available through Amazon.

For assignments, prints, exhibitions, publications – contact me directly at

More of my pictures can be found at:


4 Comments leave one →
  1. sandra matthews permalink
    March 18, 2009 11:22 am

    hi frank! thanks for the kind mention of our show at neilson library. looking forward to seeing your mongolia picture there very soon!

    all the best,

  2. April 19, 2009 5:52 pm

    Dear Frank,

    Thank you so much for posting Visura on your site. I hope you enjoyed our second Issue.

    Best wishes always,

    adriana teresa

  3. June 28, 2011 5:18 pm

    Was teaching at WA in Provincetown and ran into one of your students, through her found your gallery and blog and images. If you ever get to Provincetown, I’d like to know.
    Awhile back, you made Desk and Chairs, Elista, Russia. Superb work.

    Jim Austin

  4. Jean Ramey Prevatte permalink
    November 21, 2016 7:19 pm

    Wow and you came from Lumberton! My dad owned the Western Auto( Ramey) and Don’s father ran Lumberton Drugstore. We got married, finished college at NC State-Don is an engineer, had 3 kids and a good life. You amaze me. Thanks so much for sharing. My son in CO is very interested in Buddhism as is his wife. Guess they won’t be Episcopalian. We tried.
    The pictures are beautiful. Everything and everyone looks so old and worn. Must be a hard life?

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