Frank Fournier was born in 1948 in Saint-Sever, France. The son of a surgeon he embarked on four years of medical studies before beginning his career in photography in 1975 in New York City. He first joined the office staff of Contact Press Images in 1977 and became a member photographer in 1982. A deeply humanistic photographer, he has since produced work on infants with AIDS in Romania, rape victims during the civil war in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. In 1986 he received the World Press Photo Premier Award for his portrait of Omayra Sanchez, the 13-year-old victim of the Nevada del Ruiz volcano’s eruption in Columbia. He is based in New York City.