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Paulin began his education in the arts at the age of 16 when he joined the Chicago-based Whitaker-Christiansen Studio as an apprentice in photography and fashion illustration. Shortly after in 1944, Paulin joined the army and spent two years as a member of the Signal Corps in Europe. He began photographing the wartime devastation of German cities. After being discharged from the army, Paulin returned to Chicago to attend the Art Institute of Chicago and the Institute of Design. In 1953, Paulin returned to New York and continued as a freelance fashion illustrator. While most of his time was occupied with work, he began walking the city’s streets at night and found a fascination for street and documentary photography. In 1957, Paulin had his first solo show at the iconic Limelight Gallery. Frank Paulin’s work has been exhibited at numerous institutions including the Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery.

Frank Paulin's work is represented in the collections of the following institutions:

American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL

Carnegie Museums, Pittsburg, PA

Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA

Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH

City of New York; Facades of the Court Houses (25) of all Five Boroughs, New York, NY

City of New York, Official Portraits (150) of the Sitting Judges of the Court System (Supreme, Surrogate and Appellate), New York, NY

Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento, CA

Faulconer Gallery at Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA

Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA

Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Arlington, NY

Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI

Harn Museum of Art at University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Harry Ransom Center at University Of Texas, Austin, TX

Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH

Hungarian Museum of Photography, Kecskemet, Hungary

Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, TN

Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Kresge Art Museum, Lansing, MI

Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL

Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT

Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA

Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Museum of Modern Art, New York City

Museum of the City of New York, New York City

Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL

Palmer Museum of Art at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA

Patricia and Philip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Miami, FL

Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC

Spencer Museum of Art at university of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH

Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA

Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA

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