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About The Author

Kent F. Frates is an Oklahoma City attorney, who has practiced law in Oklahoma since 1964. He served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1970-1978, and was Minority Leader from 1976-1978. He has authored a novel "Don't Never Shoot Short", the screenplay for the film "Cockfight", a poetry book "The Captain and His Crew" and a hiking guide "Oklahoma Hiking Trails.". His historical articles have appeared in Oklahoma Today, winning awards from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists and the International Regional Magazine Association. Frates was the editor and publisher of Sports Source, a statewide publication covering individual sports and now publishes and edits the political newsletter Common Sense.


About The Photographer

As founder of David G. Fitzgerald & Associates Inc., a local commercial photography studio, today known as McNeese Fitzgerald Associates, David Fitzgerald has had a remarkable career of 40 years and has covered a vast expanse of subjects.

Beginning in 1995, Fitzgerald periodically traveled the world, documenting the famine relief efforts of an international humanitarian organization. Destinations included Central America, Romania, and six countries in Africa. In December 2001 he accompanied them to Afghanistan and in 2005 to Banda Ache, Indonesia, to document the Tsunami aftermath.

Much earlier in his career, however, Fitzgerald's work began to receive national attention. In 1979 the coffee-table book Oklahoma was published, the first of many to come featuring his photographs. Since then, 12 more coffee table books of Fitzgerald's work were published by Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company in Portland, Oregon. In 2010, Chickasaw Renaissance was published by the Chickasaw Press, and Building One Fire was published by the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

Professional Honors

  • April 2005, inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame.
  • Serves annually for the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum as a judge for the Western Heritage Awards in the literary category of photography books.
  • Lifetime Member, International Photography Hall of Fame


  • In 1999 Bison, Monarch of the Plains won an Oklahoma Book Award.
  • In 2007 Chickasaw, Unconquered and Unconquerable was a finalist in the Benjamin Franklin Awards, Publishers Marketing Association; and won a gold award and a bronze award in the IPPY Awards (Independent Publishers) at Book Expo of America in New York, NY.