Frank Frisk, a previous Grosse Pointe Park, Harrison Twp. resident, now Marysville resident, launched a career in photography in 1970. He specialized in Photojournalism upon completion of a "Wild Drag Racing" career, working for Ford Motor Axle Engineering Testing Lab.
His knowledge and qualified contacts in automotive racing circles allowed for his articles and photography to be published in numerous major publications. Self-taught and accepting advise from the Macomb Daily chief photographer Bob Sassanella and having the privilege of working with many media professionals, he also explored talent agency/fashion venues. Tom Swain of the Mayfair Camera Shop in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, was a very positive influence. Frank says he will always cherish working on the great golf outings sponsored by Detroit Tiger Vic Wertz, along with Tom at the Vic Wertz golf outings for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Detroit. Tom's favorite line, "Frank, how is the black and white doing?" Frank was employed at Vic Wertz Distributing in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, as the Miller Brewery Logistics Order Planning and Transportation Manager for Macomb County.
One of many volunteers helping to create and support the "Wertz Warriors", a snowmobile ride benefit created by Vic Wertz for the funding of the Michigan Special Olympics Winter Games. Special Olympics remains a truly special part of his life. Frank attributes his devotion to helping those in need from lessons learned from his parents and Fr. William T.Cunningham, co-founder of Focus Hope and one of his professors in school, and of course, Vic Wertz!. Support for both organizations continues. Recently the past 5 years, he devoted quite a bit of time to Autism funding and research.
Relocating to Marysville, Michigan, on the St. Clair River, in 1988, provided a life long quest for Great Lakes Shipping vessels and the Lighthouses that guide and protect crews and ships. Algonac and Pearl Beach, MI summers (14) out of school provided the base for his love and respect of everything Great Lakes at the familys summer home on St.John Dr. off the North Channel. Having his own 12ft boat and 12 hp Mercury outboard, allowed many educational freighter chasing and local site explorations.
1992 presented a request from a family friend for a display of all thirteen thousand foot vessels that
ply the waters of the Great Lakes for their yearly winter bungalow escape. This untapped option allowed for many Great Lakes wintering residents in Florida, California and Texas to display their favorite views while on hiatus.
Native American history was not a strong point until August 1995 when Lance White, Native American National Master of Cermonies, for the first Blue Water Indian Celebration on the banks of the St. Clair River located on the grounds of the Thomas Edison Inn, Port Huron, Michigan, appointed Frank as the official photographer for the three day event. Requested for his reaction, he stated, "It was very spiritual and moving."
Interlake Steamship Company in 1995 offered the opportunity for a position working as a 2nd cook/porter, thus presenting un-rivaled access to normally off-limits photos. Challenged to present a display commissioned by the owner of the Thomas Edison Inn, Mr. Reynolds, Frank laid out a work plan as a tribute to Great Lakes Shipping. Assorted one piece photos 12ft. x 6ft. lined the massive walls in the aisles leading to the ball rooms. The Thomas Edison Inn was located at the foot of the Blue Water Bridge, Port Huron, Michigan, now the Double Tree Inn. Many of Frank’s Great Lakes Images are on display thru out Canada and the Unites States!
Recently questioned on "his favorite photo", "I've not taken it yet!" "Your knack for the great shots?" "F-8 and being there!"