Angel Franco is a Senior Photographer at the New York Times, where he has twice been part of Pulitzer Prize-winning teams.
Growing up in New York City, he was a self-taught photographer until he joined the Photo Film workshop taught by Ben Fernandez at the Public Theater. Upon graduation from Brandeis High School (where his classmates included future Dominican President Leonel Fernandez) he won a full scholarship to the School of Visual Arts, where he received a BFA with honors.
He is the founder of Visionfotos, specializing in art, documentary and news photography, including coverage of the conflicts in Central America and the emerging crack epidemic in New York City. Among the agency’s clients were the New York Times, Newsweek and Look Magazine.
Since joining the staff of the New York Times, he has worked on several award-winning projects, including “How Race is Lived in America,” which was honored with a Pulitzer Prize. His photographs also formed the visual heart of “House Afire,” a year-long look at the life of a Pentecostal storefront church which also included the paper’s first foray into bilingual multimedia. More recently, he was the column photographer for “This Land,” a weekly national column.
He has lectured widely and has been an adjunct professor at New York University, the International Center for Photography and Parsons School of Design.
He and his wife Leslie Goldmann live in New York and Salisbury, Connecticut.