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Akim Aginsky specializes in corporate, editorial, and commercial photography. He founded Fifthframe Photography in 1998 in San Francisco, California and is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), and of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). He freelances for Swift Communications (The Union), and worked as a staff photographer for Gold Country Media and Brehm Communications, Inc. (The Auburn Journal). He has also worked for The Examiner Newspapers (San Francisco/Peninsula), ANG Newspapers (The Oakland Tribune/The San Mateo Times/The Hayward Daily Review) as well as New Times Inc. (SF Weekly). 

Aginsky’s photographs have also appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle and The Honolulu Advertiser newspapers, Spin and Stress magazines in New York, Mean Street magazine in Los Angeles, Freeway magazine in Paris, France, and Sports Illustrated, online. His work has been published in “San Francisco: The City’s Sights and Secrets,” by Chronicle Books. Akim has a B.A. in Art from UC Santa Cruz and has studied art at the University Michelle de Montagne in Bordeaux, France.

Akim Aginsky on location. #FifthframePhoto



“In San Francisco, photographers are abundant … to be successful, a photographer must not only be eager, cooperative and determined, but also be genuinely talented and creative. Akim Is one such photographer … and a great asset …”
– Zoran Basich, Executive Editor, San Francisco Examiner

I don’t hesitate to send Akim on any type of photo assignment, he is highly versatile, always producing excellent images”
– Ron J. Riesterer, Director of Photography, ANG Newspapers

Akim finds poignancy where you’d least expect it: in a nervous giggle, a bored moment of contemplation – pretty much anywhere. And he’s not afraid to follow a guy dressed up like a ninja into a Randy Newman concert, which is also pretty cool.”
– Garrett Kamps, Music Editor, SFWeekly Magazine




Select Clients

ANG Newspapers
Arhoolie Records
Briar Patch Co-op
Chronicle Books
Collective Brands
David and Lucile Packard Foundation
De Novo Ventures
Dignity Health
Freeway Magazine (France)
Getty Foundation
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
Hammock Publishing
Honolulu Advertiser
John Muir Health
Kaiser Permanente
Manus & Associates Literary Agency
Media Alliance
MWW Group
National Co+op Grocers
News from Native California
Nisenan Rancheria
Obscura Digital
Permanente Medical Group
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
San Francisco Chronicle
SF Weekly
Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital
Six Degrees Records
Smithsonian Folkways
Spin Magazine
Sports Illustrated (
Stress Magazine
Visual Strategies