Approved biography for Frank F. Lockwood
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)
Frank F. Lockwood studied with the prominent California photographer William Mortensen, and resided in the early 1940s in Laguna Beach, where Mortensen lived and taught. He used paper negatives and Mortensen’s texture screen, which imparted a subtle overall pattern to his pictures. In 1954, Mortensen included at least one of Lockwood’s images in his book The Paper Negative, a picture of a heavily freckled young girl.
Lockwood made primarily portraits—of men, women, and children—and may have run his own studio. He also photographed ships in dry dock, making somewhat modernist images. His image The White Scarf, of which the Minneapolis Institute of Arts owns a print, was reproduced in the American Annual of Photography 1945. Editor Frank R. Fraprie commented that the image was "an interesting costume study of a charming model. Youth has firm, even skin, flowing curves, and pleasing outlines. The resulting photographic tones are well supported by simple draperies and plain backgrounds. This picture owes its success to an intelligent handling of these factors." Fraprie went on to indicate that Lockwood used a 3 1/4-x-4 1/4-inch Graflex camera and gave other technical information about the photograph.
Lockwood exhibited in pictorial exhibitions during most of the 1940s, including the 1942 Rochester International Salon of Photography, which accepted a portrait of his mentor, Mortensen. About this time, he moved from Laguna Beach to Palos Verdes Estates, a section of Los Angeles just west of Long Beach.
Christian A. Peterson Pictorial Photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Christian A. Peterson: Privately printed, 2012)
This biography is courtesy and copyright of Christian Peterson and is included here with permission.
Date last updated: 1 June 2013.
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