Paul Harris

Photographies

Paul Harris is a businessman and photographer, growing up in Barnstaple, North Devon as a baby boomer, he worked in a camera shop and taught himself photography, he started his own photography business in 1969, photographing weddings, commercial industrial photography and travel brochures. In 1975 at 29 years old, he traveled to Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. His pictures of the war where published throughout the World , as well as in Time, Newsweek and Life Magazines but he fell foul of the Rhodesian government and was put under house arrest and subsequently deported under the official secrets act. In Africa he had met many legends of the industry, including Terry Fincher who needed a photojournalist to go to America for his agency, Paul Harris accepted his offer. By 1994 he had met many fascinating people, traveled with President Ronald Reagan, Muhammad Ali, and many other politicians and movie stars, who changed the world, he started another company, digital technology was changing photography and journalism forever. The company was one of the first digital photos agencies in the world with a searchable, downloadable archive, accessible through the Internet from anywhere in the World. In 1999 he sold the company, "onlineusa.com" to Getty Images and it became the cornerstone of Getty's celebrity content. He continued to take pictures editorially until January 2016 when he retired and now enjoys photographing the countryside and searching through the his archive of thousands of negatives and slides and enjoys the memories that they provoke.