Frank Welch grew up in Sherman, Texas with an early interest in drawing, the movies and Life Magazine. After studying architecture at Texas A & M College, he traveled to Paris; first as a Fulbright Scholar in 1953 and later as a visitor in 1978. Welch did not own a camera until 1953 when he was inspired by the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson. The year was spent walking through parks, streets and obscure neighborhoods, seeking “pictures” of the city with a Leica IIIf hung around his neck. In 1978 Welch returned as an older, but not necessarily wiser, observer of a changed Paris. To him, the deGaulle years of national pride and rebirth robbed the city of its grimy, innocent allure.

Welch’s photography has been published in “Texas Architect” (Sept/Oct 1981), and has been exhibited at Houston’s biennial Foto Fest, Dallas’ After Image Gallery, Rizzoli Bookstore, the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, and at the Museum of the Southwest in Midland, TX, which he also designed.  His photography is in the permanent collections of the Dallas Museum of Art.  Welch is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and currently practices architecture in Texas.

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