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Photographer’s Search for Long Lost Love


Sends Him to Spain in the Search for Maria:

Grants Pass, OR--At the tender age of 21, Navy photographer Winfield Scott Frazeur IV met and photographed Maria Magdalena, a young 19-year old Flamenco dancer, while he was stationed in Spain. Romance blossomed and Maria and young Frazeur dated and visited the sights in Andalucia, all under the watchful eye of Maria’s Aunt “Paca” acting as chaperone. Alas, Frazeur was ordered back to the States, and lost contact with Maria, but he never forgot her. Frazeur went on to stay on active duty for nine years and an additional twelve years in the Naval Reserves. Scott had tours of duty in Florida, San Diego and Alameda, California and Japan while on active duty. An eight year tour with Reserve Naval Seabee Battalion 15 as Public Affairs and photographer, a short tour of duty with a Naval Group in Alameda and then as Public Affairs in Medford, Oregon prior to retiring from the Naval Reserves as Chief Photographer in 1983.

He also worked as the Quality Assurance Manager for the U. S. Geological Survey’s EROS Data Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This work involved the quality assurance and control of satellite digital images and conversion to film and ultimately enlarged map scale accuracy paper and film products up to 40" in size. Scott resigned his position with the U. S. Geological Survey to pursue a freelance photographic career after moving to Oregon.

Frazeur is a Master photographer for almost 50 years. His photos have appeared in displays in Europe and Asia, as well as in the United States. He has photographed the Running-of-the-Bulls in Spain; night club performances in England; orphanages in Korea; artifacts in Denmark; bull fights in Madrid; sailing ships in Seville; religious shrines in Japan and most recently President George W. Bush and First Lady, Laura Bush.

Frazeur has honed his photography skills to an art and now has a freelance photography business, Frazeur, 64, still wonders about Maria. Where is she now? What have the decades brought her since they last met? Is she well? Is she happy? Frazeur is planning to find answers to all of these questions when he visits Spain again for the first time in more than 40 years. His search for Maria is ongoing and he is intent on locating her once again. When he does, he would like to photograph her as she is today and include the current pictures with the photos he took of her in 1963 in a chapter of his upcoming book, “A Photographer’s Rearview Mirror” which is organized into chronological groupings spanning Frazeur’s career of almost 50 years as a recorder of history. Chapters within the groupings include stories of his travels, trials and the many life lessons he has learned. Some of the photographs for the book are still in the works and will include a current day shots of Maria when he finds her again, his long ago Spanish love.


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