Espada, Frank, 1930-

Variant names

Hide Profile

Political activist and documentary photographer. One of his largest projects was the National Endowment for the Humanities grant-funded Puerto Rican Diaspora Documentary Project, 1979-1981.

From the description of Frank Espada photographs and papers, 1946-2010. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 700056549

More information on Frank Espada can be found on his website:

  • 1930: Born, Utuado, Puerto Rico
  • 1939: Emigrated with his family to New York City
  • 1952: Married Marilyn Espada
  • 1967: Joined the City-Wide Puerto Rican Development Program
  • 1979 - 1981 : Received National Endowment for the Humanities grant for the Puerto Rican Diaspora Documentary Project
  • 1985 - 2010 : Taught photography courses and workshops in San Francisco, CA
  • 1989 - 1990 : Worked with Mid-City Coalition for HIV Prevention
  • 1990 - 1992 : Chamorro Documentary Project
  • 2006: Published The Puerto Rican Diaspora: Themes in the Survival of a People

From the guide to the Frank Espada Photographs and Papers, 1946-2010, (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Camacho Souza, Blase, 1918-. Papers, 1899- 2003 ; bulk: 1970-2002. Centro de Estudios Puertorriquenos
creatorOf Espada, Frank. PAD/D pamphlet file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Frank Espada Photographs and Papers, 1946-2010 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Espada, Frank, 1930-. Frank Espada photographs and papers, 1946-2010. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Archive of Documentary Arts (Duke University) corporateBody
associatedWith Camacho Souza, Blase, 1918- person
associatedWith Puerto Rican Diaspora Documentary Project. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (N.Y.)
Puerto Rico
United States
Photography of immigrants
AIDS (Disease)--Prevention--Pictorial works
Chamorro (Micronesian people)--Pictorial works
Documentary photography
Politics in art
Portrait photography
Civil rights movements--Pictorial works
Puerto Ricans--Pictorial works


Birth 1930




Ark ID: w65b4rdt

SNAC ID: 71335694