Adrian Francis is a documentary photographer who was born in Syracuse, New York, in 1994. After studying journalism in college, he decided to travel to the Middle East, where he first picked up a camera. Driven by his passion for capturing emotion, he began pursuing photography as his main medium for storytelling. His images connect subjects to their physical environment and how they exist within the totality of their emotion.
From 2014-2017 he covered various political conflicts at home and abroad including stories in Israel & the Palestinian Territories, the 2016 Presidential Election in America, and the fight for environmental awareness. In 2017, his project “Tinen,” a collection of double exposure images from the West Bank, was featured in The Week Magazine.
In 2018, while studying at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark, Adrian developed a unique, expressive style of black-and-white photography. He used this style to tell the story of a former Palestinian resistance fighter, a photographic series on nostalgia, and an abstract interpretation of what being stateless feels like for a young Palestinian refugee in Denmark, “In Absentia.”
Following his time in Denmark, Adrian traveled to Macedonia where he lived in an Orthodox Monastery photographing monks. The story created from this project is currently being developed into a book and exhibition series. Adrian resides in Easton, Pennsylvania.