Alex Fradkin



A native of California and now residing in New York City, Alex Fradkin began his photography career in 1996, originally having studied and practiced as an architect. In 2000 Alex graduated with an MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago and has since followed a path in fine art and documentary photography. Alex previously taught photography at Columbia College and was a staff photographer for CITY 2000, an archive photo project with the mission of photographing Chicago in the Year 2000. Currently Alex is finishing a twelve-year project, titled, "Bunkers: Ruins of War in a New American Landscape" to be published by Radius Books as a fine art monograph in 2012. Late in 2010 Alex was awarded the Aaron Siskind Foundation Award for his Bunker Project. In 2006 Alex embarked with his large format camera on a five year long book project to photograph the changing California Coastline and its people, titled, "The Left Coast: California on the Edge", University of California Press, 2011
Alex’s photographs have been exhibited internationally in galleries and Museums, in solo and group shows. His images reside in numerous private, public and corporate collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Photography-Chicago, Portland Art Museum, Comer Foundation and the Park Hyatt Corp. Alex is now teaching photography at the International Center for Photography in Manhattan.

Master of Fine Arts: Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Architecture: Architecture, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Comer Foundation, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL
Park Hyatt Corporation, Chicago, IL
Princeton Art Museum, Princeton, NJ (Forthcoming)

The Left Coast: California on the Edge. Gallery Route One, Pt Reyes CA
Chicago Monoliths. San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco CA
Bunkers: Ruins of War in A new American Landscape. Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, OR
The Lakeshore and Chicago Monoliths. Permanent installation in the lobby of the Flagship Park Hyatt in Chicago

An Autobiography of the San Francisco Bay Area. SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA
House of Cars: Innovation and the Parking Garage. National Building Museum, Washington, DC
Eighteen Months: Taking the Pulse of Bay Area Photography. San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and PhotoAlliance, San Francisco, CA
Landscape Photography. Chicago Art Source Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Work of Five Photographers. Chicago Art Source Gallery, Chicago, IL
Secret Cities: Extraordinary Urban Photography. Architech Gallery, Chicago, IL
Big City: A Chicago Album. Architech Gallery, Chicago, IL.
Rome and the Classical Legacy. Architech Gallery, Chicago, IL
Chicago in the Year 2000. A global traveling photo exhibition.
Beauty in Ruins. Architech Gallery, Chicago IL
Light. Renaissance Society, Chicago IL
Sight, Site, Insight. Sonnenschein Gallery, Chicago IL.
Weissman Awards Show. Wabash Gallery, Chicago IL
Chicago In The Year 2000. City Gallery, Chicago IL
You are Here: Chicago in The Year 2000. Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago IL
Seeing the Light. James M. Hunt Gallery, Chicago IL
Photo Show. Free Street Gallery, Chicago IL
Foto Chicago: Picturing the City that Works. Architech Gallery, Chicago IL
Urbanonimity. Gallery 312, Chicago, IL.
Graduate Thesis Show, 11th St. Gallery, Chicago IL
A Show of Photojournalism. AfterBurner Gallery, Chicago IL
Honors Exhibition. 11th St Gallery, Chicago IL
Beloit and Vicinity. Beloit College Museum of Art, Beloit, WI
Double Exposure. Dome Room Gallery, Seattle, WA
Double Exposure. Dome Room Gallery, Seattle, WA
American Institute of Architects Photography Exhibition. St Louis Convention Center, St. Louis

BOOKS – Mongraphs
"Bunkers: Ruins of War in a New American Landscape", Essay by Mark Klett, Radius Books, 2012
"The Left Coast: California on the Edge". Text by Philip Fradkin, University of California Press, 2011

BOOKS – Anthologies
Hidden Alcatraz: The Fortress Revealed, University of California Press, 2011
Architecture Now 7, Essay by Philip Jodidio, Taschen Books, 2010
Blue Sky: Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, 2008
Chicago from the Park. Essay by David Travis. Published by the Park Hyatt and the Art Institute of Chicago, 2000

"Monuments to Paranoia", Mason Currey, Metropolis Magazine, 2011
"Concrete in Paradise". Essay by Rebecca Solnit, Boom Magazine, 2011
"Q&A: Photographer Alex Fradkin Captures the Left Coast", Caroline Chen, SF Weekly, 2011
"Life on the Edge", Wall Street Journal, 2011
"Our Left Coast", Wallace J. Nichols, Huffington Post, 2011
"Father and son of two minds on book about California's imperfect coast", Paul Liberatore, Marin Independent Journal, 2011
"Fradkins follow the California coast", Kevin Roderick, LA Observed
"Fradkins Pen a worthy look at California’s extraordinary coastline", Richard Carrico, North County Times, 2011
"The Left Coast", Mimi Dywer, Sierra Club, 2011
"The Left Coast: California on the Edge" Publishers Weekly, 2011
"The Left Coast: California on the Edge", Karl Kunkel, Forward, 2011
"Wild Wild Left Coast", Jonathan Kirsch, Jewish Journal, 2011
"Not Just Fun in the Sun: A Closer Look at California’s Coast", Linda Ivey, H Net Online, 2011
"The Left Coast: California on the Edge", London Times Literary Supplement, 2011
Mark Klett, School of Art, Arizona State University, 2011
Robert Dawson, co-author of The Great Central Valley, 2011
Kevin Starr, University of Southern California, 2011
"500 Photographers", Photographer #224: Alex Fradkin, Pieter Wisse, 2011
"The Left Coast: California on the Edge", Landscape Stories, Italy, 2010
"Alex Fradkin: Bunkers"' Ignazio Lacente. Pata Magazine, Italy, 2009
"Lenscape: Architectural Photography through the viewfinder", Hinge Magazine, Hong Kong, 2009
"A Bunker Mentality", Essay by Anthony Lasalla. Photo District News, issue 7, 2008

Aaron Siskind Foundation Award for Photography, 2010
Albert P.Weismann Project Scholarship. 2000
Eddie Adams Workshop participant. A photojournalism invitational workshop, 1999
Photographic Digital Print Competition. Columbia College, Chicago, 1998
Photographer of the Year, a national photojournalism competition, award of excellence. Columbia College, Chicago, 1998

Adjunct Faculty, International Center for Photography, New York City
Guest Lecturer on documentary photography and bookmaking. Columbia College, Chicago
Workshops on black and white printing techniques, commercial and stock photography – Columbia College, Chicago
Adjunct Faculty, Columbia College Chicago

PhotoAlliance, San Francisco, CA, 2011
California Historical Society, San Francisco, CA, 2011
Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA, 2011
Pt Reyes Bookstore, Pt Reyes, CA, 2011
Gallery Route One, Pt Reyes, CA, 2011
Geography of Hope Conference, Pt Reyes, CA, 2010
Oregon Center for the Arts, Portland, OR, 2008

National Public Radio-KQED, Forum with Michael Krasny, 2011
KWMR, Swimming Upstream with Michael Litchfield, 2011
KVON, Late Morning with Jeff Schechtman, 2011
FastForward-Video Interview, 2011