The son of a famous silent screen comedian, Harry grew up backstage in the theater. When his father died unexpectedly, ten-year-old Harry’s secure existence in the stellar community crashed and burned. His destiny was thrust upon him, and the challenge to define and shape his character, without the guidance of a father, was a daily test. His father left Harry a legacy of Hollywood imagination and fantasy. Those considerable talents, immortalized on screen, were a constant standard against which Harry’s own success was measured. Searching for an identity, he finally discovered his own ability for imagination and fantasy was not in front of the camera like his father, but behind it. Photography became the vehicle to his own fame and fortune. He apprenticed with many fashion photographers and obtained his first studio at age 29. His first commercial clients were Max Factor and Ann-Margret.
According to Harry, creativity is important, but a large part of success is due to Harry’s care of and service to his clients. His enthusiasm for his own career allows him to work to capture on film the images that portray his clients at their best. He constantly searches the limits of what is happening today, not only in the photography realm but also in fashion, music and film. By going to the theatre, art galleries, museums and movies to do research and get new inspiration, there is a constant turnover of creativity and ideas. Harry loves television and the Internet and gets ideas from music videos on MTV and science shows on Discovery. Creativity in any media can inspire more creativity in us, Harry has learned.
The routine of capturing an image on film is easy. The difference comes when the photographer assumes the responsibility for his art. Over the years, Harry has photographed countless famous (and infamous) cultural icons. Whether the subject is a film or television star, a corporate CEO, a musician or an athlete, the best images are the ones in which the photographer can immortalize the energy of his subject. The photo that can convey a sense of spirit and give a glimpse of the true character of the subject is the photo defined as art.
Harry’s new venture is a book archive of his art. The magical photos are coupled with observations, insights and experiences for each session. Some studio technical information is included to answer the questions on technique. Additionally, he has recorded his own personal journey of discovery as a photographer and as an individual. It may seem indulgent, but the resulting art is worth it.
A member of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, Harry also lives in the community and participates in cultural and civic affairs. Many of his clients are his neighbors. He lives with his wife Lynne in the Hollywood Hills.