An audacious claim, I know, but I’m using history as a gauge. Believe it or not, the most popular article on the Alumni Association Web site for the past three years wasn’t written in 2009 or 2008 or 2007 or even 2006. Not even close. You have to go all the way back to 2001. Yes, it’s that popular. And what you’re about to experience is an update to that article.
So what is it? A What Matters opinion column written by world-traveling photojournalist Owen Franken ’68 called “Life in Brownian Motion.” In it, Franken (older brother of comedian and politician Al Franken) discusses numerous global adventures, especially of the eating kind. He’ll eat anything—scorpions, spiders, rats, bats, you name it. But the highlight of the piece was a selection of about four dozen photos—scenic, cultural, political, and personal—taken on Franken’s numerous journeys. His photos have appeared on the covers of Time, Newsweek, Saveur, The New York Times Magazine, Wine Spectator, and also publications for the United Nations and the U.S. State Department, among others.
Recently, the Alumni Association asked Franken if he’d share some new photos with us, and he did—about seven dozen. These days, he focuses mostly on travel and food photography, still deftly capturing people and cultures. A small selection of his work is below, and you’ll be treated to a new Franken image each Saturday on Slice of MIT, all listed under the category Franken Photo of the Week. Curious about Franken? Read a profile and visit his Web site.
So without further ado, photos by Owen Franken (all copyrighted, of course). Make sure to view the second page too.