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Leonard Frank came to Canada from Germany in 1892, at the age of 22. He came via San Francisco, where he was lured by the dream of striking it rich during the great gold rush. By the time Leonard arrived in San Francisco, stakes had been claimed and fortunes made.
Leonard Frank was an optimist, so when he heard that gold was being found a steamship ride away in a place called Vancouver, made his way north. Again, Frank, found that the gold had already been found. He, however, fell in love with Vancouver Island, the magic of the mountains, and the sense of impending economic prosperity. ... he staked a claim for a copper mine, but was unable to survive on just the mining. He worked as a grocer, small business man, guide, and lumberjack.
It was while working in a logging camp near Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, that fate stepped in. He bought a ticket in a lottery and won. First prize was a camera. It was as though his life had gone full circle. Frank's father had been a professional photographer in Berne, German, a village of roughly 750 people on the Dutch border. Leonard had apprenticed with his father and learned the craft of photography before setting off to seek his fortune in America.
With the skill of a professional photographer, the eye of an artist, and the love of the landscape, Frank spent the next fifty years photographing every day life events and the coast line of British Columbia. His nearly 50,000 images captured a now vanished British Columbia ...
After the war, Frank became the official photographer for the West Coast of the Dominion of Canada.
Frank was active as a photographer between 1910 — 1944. He travelled throughout British Columbia during this period taking photographs of a vast array of subjects thereby providing a detailed record of life in the province. Frank was particularly interested in photographing city scenes: buildings, bridges and waterfront, although he had a passion for nature and took spectacular photographs of mountains and life in the woods.