Fran Ortiz

Article in San Francisco Chronicle
By Patricia Yollin

Consummate craftsman. Mentor to generations of students. Renaissance man. And just a “really classy guy.”

That’s how people describe Fran Ortiz, a longtime San Francisco Examiner photojournalist who retired in 1995. He died on Wednesday, four days after undergoing surgery for colon cancer, at the age of 75.

“I am especially taken by the variety and quality of Fran Ortiz’s work,” legendary photographer Ansel Adams once wrote. “To maintain such a consistently excellent output is, indeed, an achievement.”
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