Michelle Frankfurter’s Profile

Destino By Michelle Frankfurter
The epic journey across Mexico to El Sueño Americano.
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Born in Jerusalem, Israel Michelle Frankfurter is a documentary photographer from Takoma Park, MD. She graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor’s degree in English. Before settling in the Washington, DC area, Frankfurter spent three years living in Nicaragua where she worked as a stringer for the British news agency, Reuters and with the human rights organization Witness For Peace documenting the effects of the contra war on civilians. In 1995, a long-term project on Haiti earned her two World Press Photo awards. Since 2000, Frankfurter has concentrated on the border region between the United States and Mexico and on themes of migration. She was a finalist for the 2011 Aftermath Project for her personal project Destino, documenting Central American migrants and a 2011 Top 50 Critical Mass winner. 

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The inexorable journey by rail across Mexico to El Sueño Americano 2009 – present

Destino/Kickstarter March – April 2012

Fundraising campaign 153% successful to finance completion of project, documenting the migrant journey along the U.S. – Mexico border (currently in progress).


Inspired by the bleak prose of Cormac McCarthy’s border trilogy, Borderlands explores themes and issues pertaining to the frontier-like region between the Unites States and Mexico 2000 – 2008


Documented life in Haiti during international embargo and United States-led invasion to restore exiled President Jean Bertrand Aristide 1993 - 1995


Managua, Nicaragua

Co-managed photography department of Managua bureau January – December 1990

Witness For Peace

Managua, Nicaragua

Documented effects of Contra war on civilians 1988 - 1989


2013 Aaron Siskind Foundation award recipient

2012 FotoEvidence Book Award finalist

2011 Critical Mass Top 50

Aftermath Project 2011 finalist

2008 Fotoweek DC finalist for Borderlands, photographs from the U.S. – Mexico Border

1995 World Press Photo Foundation:

Second Place - Daily Life, Haiti

Second Place - Spot News, Haiti

Honorable Mention – Daily Life, Haiti

1989 Maine Photographic Workshops:

Second Place - Social documentary, photos from Central America



The Gallery at Vivid Solutions - Destino, solo exhibition                                                        2011

Destino featured in Burn 02 in print                                              2011

Arlington Arts Center, Photographs from Haiti                           1995

Ellipse Arts Center, Photographs from Haiti                              1995

Washington Project For the Arts, Photographs from Haiti           1995

October Gallery, London UK, Photographs from Haiti                1995

Lightwork, Photographs from Central America                           1989









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