Jon Frank is a visual artist and commercial freelancer working in the medium of photography and motion pictures. He is a CASA certified RPAS drone pilot and PADI open water diver.
Jon studied photography at the Sydney Institute of Technology and quickly turned his attention to creating imagery of the ocean and surfing. His work was instantly recognised as "unique, etheral and beautiful" and picked up by domestic and international magazine publications. His reputation was further solidified when he transitioned into film-making, releasing the seminal surf-film Litmus in 1996 with Andrew Kidman.
Post Litmus, Jon continued shooting stills and motion pictures of surfing, travelling worldwide for two decades for a range of commercial clients, including Rip Curl, Patagonia, Quiksilver, Red Bull, Jaguar & Coca Cola. During this period he directed and shot several surf films and started an independent book publishing company.
The ever-shifting landscape of digital photography fueled Jon’s desire to return to his artistic practice. He jumped at an opportunity to collaborate with Richard Tognetti, the artistic director of The Australian Chamber Orchestra. Over a six-year period Richard and Jon created four classical music concerts featuring video projections, each of which were performed globally. Notable performance venues include The Sydney Opera House, The Palais Theatre (opening the Melbourne festival), The Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles) and The Barbican (London). During this period he also mounted several exhibitions of photography.
In recent years, Jon has worked on a number of projects for social causes and not-for-profits. He has worked on a variety of small and large budget film projects, as both a camera operator and water specialist. Notable clients include: Jane Campion, Top of the Lake; Sir Kenneth Branagh, Artemis Fowl; Simon Baker, Breath. During this period, Jon published the book Broken, which has won multiple design awards in the independent book category.
As a means of continuing his professional and personal development, Jon is currently enjoying working as a video producer for an Aboriginal media organisation in a remote community in the Northern Territory.