About the Photographer
Frank Forte is a commercial photographer based in Central New York State. His work covers a wide variety of subjects which include architecture, landscapes, outdoor recreation, historic places, landmarks, vehicles, fine art display prints and special events. His iconic picture of the vintage tugboat, Erie, won first place in the Classic Canals category of the 2019 Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor calendar photo contest.
His current photo documentary, An Erie Canal Odyssey, is being shown at galleries and museums along the Erie Canalway Corridor. He has exhibited photographs at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute Arts Festival, the Edith Barrett Fine Arts Gallery at Utica College, the Gannett Art Gallery at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, the Little Falls Library Gallery and the Oneida County History Center in Utica. His work has been featured in national magazines including Hot Rod, Camaro Performers, American Iron (motorcycle) and Wheels of Time (vintage trucks). His photography has appeared in promotional literature for the New York State Historical Society in Cooperstown.
Forte has done architectural photography for new construction projects at Colgate University, Hamilton College, Mohawk Valley Community College, Herkimer College and Acacia Village Community for Senior Living in Utica. His photography appears in the publications and websites of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, New York Canal Corporation, Gaetano Construction (Utica) and CSArch (Architecture and Engineering - Albany). From 2006 to 2013, he served as the photographer for the Syracuse Nationals, the largest vehicle show in the Northeast.
In addition to his exploration and documentation of the Erie Canal and NY Canal system, Forte regularly seeks out lesser travelled sites in New York State, such as the lower Moose River in Lewis County, Christman Sanctuary Preserve in Schenectady County and the Siamese Ponds Wilderness in Warren County. His mission is to celebrate the culture, unique history and spectacular beauty of the Empire State.