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Bill Frakes

Bill Frakes

Visual Storyteller

Bill started his photography career at the Miami Herald where he worked from 1979 to 1992, covering a wide range of subjects from local stories to politics in Cuba. He began freelancing for Sports Illustrated in 1983, in 1992 he joined the masthead of the magazine. His advertising clients have included Apple, Nike, CocaCola, Nikon, Mars, Manfrotto, and Reebok. He directs music videos and television ads.

Editorially, his work has appeared in virtually every major general interest publication in the world. His still photographs and short documentary films have been featured on hundreds of websites as well as on most major television networks.

He won the coveted Newspaper Photographer of the Year award in the prestigious Pictures of the Year competition. He was a member of the Miami Herald staff that won the Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of Hurricane Andrew. He was awarded the Gold Medal by World Press Photo. He has also been honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for reporting on the disadvantaged and by the Overseas Press club for distinguished foreign reporting. He has received hundreds of national and international awards for his work. In 2010 and 2013, he served on the jury of World Press Photo.

Bill Frakes Photography includes Straw Hat Visuals, an award-winning production company. Established on the virtues of classic and authentic storytelling, Straw Hat Visuals embraces the newest technology and techniques to captivate our audiences, creating effective, visually-stunning and compelling films.