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Who is Frank DeFreitas?

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Frank DeFreitas
In Washington, D.C. Presenting Holography
& Laser Arts and Sciences @ The Smithsonian.


3D HOLOGRAM: Antioch Chalice from futuretech on GodTube.

A hologram looks like the real object is on display.
But there is no object at all. It is a 3D holographic image.

Runtime: 1 Min. / Hologram by Frank & Deb DeFreitas

I have been providing laser and hologram presentations, workshops and outreach programs since 1983. I am now officially "semi" retired, which means retired ... but still active "here and there" with presentations, speaking engagements, and welcoming guests from around the world that visit my home studio and history of holography archives room in Allentown, PA, USA.

I was born in Cooper Hospital in what is (today) one of the poorest cities in the United States: Camden, New Jersey. Today it also has one of the nations highest crime rates and the greatest number of murders in the entire USA (one every 33 hours on average). There are all types of discrimination in this world, but I was made very much aware of economic, social and educational "caste" discrimination in America (of all places) at a very early age. Fortunately, I have always had a "bring it on" attitude, which served me well through the years.

Since 1983, my past clients include: The Smithsonian Institution, Wash. D.C. (The Hirshhorn Museum & Ripley Education Center); The Franklin Institute, Phila; Stevens Institute of Technology; Liberty Science Center, NJ; The Discovery Center of Science and Technology, PA; Lehigh University Physics Dept.; University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; California Institute of Technology; Northampton Commmunity College; Lehigh-Carbon Community College; Allentown Art Museum; Rodale Press; WFMZ-TV; NASA / Northrop Grumman; Georgian Court University Physics Dept.; AT&T; Lucent Technologies; U.S. Navy; Fuji Film Corp.; Dupont; the Urban Systemic Initiative (NSF); and many elementary, middle and high schools. National Science Foundation-funded programs; scouts; home school groups; corporate events; birthday parties; and teaching the first online class for holography, with America On Line, in 1995.

I am an elected member of Sigma-Pi-Sigma; the National Physics Honor Society; American Institute of Physics; for my work in laser and holography educational programs.


I saw my first laser hologram in 1968, attended my first holography exhibit in 1976, began my own laser & holography studio in 1983, and started my world-famous holography web site in 1993. I began as a kid, and after an entire lifetime, there is plenty more to say. But for now I'll just say that sooner or later in your own journey in holography, no matter where you are in the world, you will eventually come across "Frank DeFreitas".

Frank DeFreitas with his early computer-generated / analog hybrid hologram, 1985
Frank DeFreitas with his early computer / analog hybrid hologram, 1985.

"Thinking I would take a quick nap, I fell asleep on my opening night. The downtown Allentown gallery called the house, wondering where I was. I quickly got dressed and arrived. The line of people stretched from the upstairs gallery, down two flights of stairs and out the door onto Hamilton street. They had to extend the opening night by one extra hour so that everyone could get in to see the holograms. I had already been seeing holograms and following holography for nearly twenty years by 1985, but for everyone else it was brand new. Funny that I could put a show together today in 2015 and it would *still* be new for many people."

My 30+ years in holography have been divided into 15 years part-time and 15-years+ full time. I was both a hologram producer and a holography instructor. My history is with traveling outreach: I would take my laser and holography educational programs on the road. Back then, one would find many outreach persons traveling from one area of the country to another, visiting schools, galleries, museums and festivals. I've presented to hundreds of thousands of people over my 30+ years. I could be in a university laser research laboratory one day, under an outdoor festival tent the next, and appearing at a kids birthday party on another. My smallest event was three people, my largest event was seventy thousand. As the saying goes, I've been "around the block" with lasers and holography in my lifetime.

As a side note (that may or may not be of interest), I am one of the very few people on Earth to have their name and occupation on the surface of another heavenly body: Titan, the great moon of Saturn (Cassini / Huygens mission). My entry reads "My name is Frank DeFreitas and I create three-dimensional laser holograms on Earth". This info is contained on a CDROM in a sealed chamber inside the space craft lander.

Frank DeFreitas in his laser and hologram lab, 1983
Frank DeFreitas in his holography lab, 1983.

I have designed and built my own lasers, optical equipment, and have formulated my own processing chemistry and production methods. My work is truly, and literally, my own.

I have a technical education. My background is in printing technologies, and I am a graduate of the Philadelphia School of Printing and Advertising (with a focus on typography, typesetting and graphic design / prepress). Never underestimate the power of print, whether on paper or online. Print is the most influencial and powerful human-created force in the world, and it is where I have always wanted to be. Not surprisingly, it is where I am, since I consider holography to be yet another form of communication technology.

In 2015, I will be 59 years old and I have been married for 38 years. My wife and I have 3 grown daughters, all involved in science and medicine. I have had my private studio and reference library / exhibit room in my downtown historic Allentown, PA home for 32 years. People travel from around the world to visit, to learn, or to just say hello (please call first). As we enter our twilight years, my wife has now joined me in the lab, as we collaborate and produce our own hologram special projects. Our most recent project (2015) focuses primarily on ancient Biblical artifacts that document the events recorded in the Christian Holy Bible.

After spending 30 years in the field of lasers and holograms, I was given a vision and calling to begin developing Christian applications. The objectives for my work are several fold: (1) to help reach those persons in areas of the world where more traditional evangelistic methods are dangerous, even life threatening (stealth technology); (2) to research archival recording methods for Scripture and historical artifacts (3D laser holograms); (3) to one day communicate the Gospel to other worlds beyond our own: from upcoming human colonies on the Moon and Mars, to the deepest regions of outer space (space based laser communication); (4) to prepare youth for the evangelism of the future, utilizing (and further developing) these new technologies.

Frank DeFreitas visiting a school with lasers and holograms, 1983
Frank DeFreitas visiting a school, 1983.

My own personal philosophy / quote is this: "Science is the study of the physical manifestations of God in action". I do not believe that science and God are at odds with each other at all. With science, we gain knowledge and wisdom about God's Creation, and as a result, grow closer in our walk with Him.

Frank DeFreitas today in 2015
Frank DeFreitas today in 2015.

Thank you for visiting.
Frank DeFreitas
phone: 610-434-8236
email: holoworld@yahoo.com

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The Rocks Will Cry Out Hologram Exhibit, 2015, Allentown, Pennsylvania