WWll Veteran and Army Combat Photographer Frank Errigo and Kristen Hiestand Reunite After Many Years

by Shadowlight Group

Frank Errigo and Kristen Hiestand
Frank Errigo and Kristen Hiestand

Having met in 1992, Frank Errigo and Kristen Hiestand didn’t know it then, but they had planted a seed that would eventually grow into what we know as shadowlight today.

It was Frank who introduced Kristen to all that commercial photography had to offer while working as a photographer himself, at Armstrong Flooring’s internal photography studio.

Years after meeting Frank and inspired by his tutelage, Kristen, along with the assistance of Ron Bowman, spearheaded the creation of what many consider to be a flagship visual communications campus for the home goods industry. And while Shadowlight prides itself on producing photography, video and CGI for some of the top names in the business, our achievements are humbled by what Frank contributed to our industry years before.

Prior to Armstrong and before working for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Frank was an Army Combat Photographer from 1940 to 1945. During this time he was stationed at the Army War College, at the Pentagon and overseas where he worked along side George S. Patton. From Africa to Italy, Frank was there capturing the moments as they unfolded before him.

What makes Franks story interesting is that he and only one other photographer were capturing history in color for the first time. Selected by the Army to represent Kodak film. Frank was the first to use Kodachrome, one of the first successful color materials to be used for both cinematography and still photography.

In a world of instant digital gratification, it’s easy to forget what our photographic forefathers needed to go through to not only get the right shot, but get the right shot in color.

When we asked Frank about what he contributed to our industry, he likes to think he helped introduce color to the world.

shadowlight would firstly, like to thank Frank for his service to our country and secondly, acknowledge his contributions to photography and how we view the world through it.

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