Robert Frerck Photography Collection Now Available

Robert Frerck Photography Collection Now Available

Last year, Special Collections obtained a large collection of photograph transparencies and photographs taken by internationally acclaimed foreign travel photographer, Robert Frerck. Many of these photos were taken for Frerck’s photography company, Odyssey Productions, which provided stock photos for various periodicals, travel brochures, books, and other publications. The photographs capture stunning images from over fifty different countries including the United States, Canada, Spain, Mexico, Cuba, Panama, South America, Turkey, Greece, Egypt, India, and Australia, just to name a few.

A published photo of Bryce Canyon in Utah, taken by Robert Frerck Odyssey Productions

About Frerck

Robert Frerck is a St. Louis native and a Washington University alumni. After graduating with an art degree in 1966, he traveled to Spain and was inspired by the artwork and culture he discovered in Seville, Cordoba, and Granada. He returned to the United States to complete a Master’s degree at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Then he spent time producing documentary and commercial films for Goldsholl Associates, and with a friend created his own documentary “Al Andalus” from footage they gathered traveling through Southern France, Spain, and Morocco.

After Robert finished his documentary, he decided transition from film-making to photography to allow himself more opportunities to travel. He founded the stock photography company, Odyssey Productions, in 1977 and took travel assignments from magazines such as TimeNewsweekTravel and LeisureThe SmithsonianNational GeographicGeo Magazine, and others. Robert’s work also included extended educational projects in India, Africa, and South America.

In 1992, Robert incorporated four years of travel photography in Spain into the book Eternal Spain, which featured panoramic images of Spanish landscapes and traditional architecture and lifestyle. The book was used by the Spanish Ministry of Tourism as their promotional book during the 1992 World’s Fair in Seville and the Barcelona Olympics. Eternal Spain led Robert to create another book, Eternal Mexico, in 1996, which received the “Lente de Plata” award for photographic excellence from the Mexican government.


A page from a 1987 Travel and Leisure Magazine, prominently featuring a photo of the Mayan-Toltec ruins taken by Robert Frerck Odyssey Productions

More to Explore

With vivid photographs of over fifty countries, the Frerck archive is worth browsing in detail. For more information on the extent of Washington University’s holdings, please visit the Robert Frerck finding aid.




Bibliographic Information from the Chicago Film Archives

About the author

Rose is a PhD candidate in English and American Literature at Washington University in St. Louis. When she is not working on her dissertation on post-1945 asylum novels or blogging about the amazing materials in Special Collections, she fills much of her time reading, writing, gardening, and wrestling.