Frank Cricchio

     Frank Cricchio is widely known as a leader and innovator in the photographic profession and in 1998 became the first and only photographer to receive over one thousand merits from the Professional Photographers of America. As a child, his family could not afford for him to attend photography school, but saved money so that he could purchase his first professional camera. 


     In addition to being called the "Master’s Master," Cricchio is also a respected author, lecturer, and consultant. He received the Master of Photography Degree, The Fellow of Photography and the Honorary Fellow of Photography in July of 1995 from the American Society of Photographers, and Honorary Masters Degree from the Professional Photographers of America, Japan, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. The Texas House of Representatives honored Cricchio for significant contributions to photography.


     Cricchio’s articles on exposure techniques have been translated into as many as eight different languages and he lectures around the world and throughout the United States. After many hours of research and testing, The Port Arthur News ran its first ROP color photograph on Christmas Day in 1960. As a reward for his work, the paper gave Cricchio an assignment of one color photograph per week for the front page with a credit line. In 1966, the United Press International awarded Cricchio and The Port Arthur News the ROP National Color Award.


     Cricchio has worked as a consultant for Fuji Film USA and has held presidency in the Texas Professional Photographers Association, Southwest Photographers Association, the Professional Photographers of America, and the American Society of Photography. He is also a member of the prestigious organization, The Cameracraftsmen of America, which is limited to 40 photographers.

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