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Harrington is a San Francisco Bay area native and came to Washington, DC in the mid 1980s as a student at Catholic University of America. He graduate in 1990 with a political science degree , then hired for on as a with The World & I, where he routinely covered the White House, Congress, and the Pentagon. Soon after, he was signed under contract by the Black Star picture agency exclusively licensing his stock images and to fulfill assignments in Washington, DC.
While maintaining Washington, DC as his home base, his assignments took him to Mexico shooting bullfights and ruins; the Caribbean's lush rain forests and colorful artisans; Bermuda's postcard-famous pink beaches and haunting lighthouses; Cuba's isolation-induced poverty and despair; and California's flow of immigrants crossing the border. Harrington says, "I believe my photographs, usually taken under strenuous conditions and on tight deadlines, captured the flavor and personality of the location while also emphasizing the highest level of photographic detail and expertise."
In addition to location assignments, Harrington has taken his editorial magazine eye and applied it to corporate clients including Coca-Cola, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Lockheed Martin, and the National Geographic Society, to name just a few. His ability to blend his photographic skills and creativity with an organization's specific goals and directives has made him a sought after professional meeting worldwide deadlines and maximize exposure for clients.
Harrington has a true love for his art and takes time to satisfy his artistic whims. His original images have been purchased as art on both coasts. One particularly striking image has been printed as an inspirational poster by the Smithsonian Institution's Air and Space Museum. Harrington is also a Native-American and has put his skills to use for the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. He believes in being a role model and mentor, educating influential businesspeople about the art and science of photography. Additionally, he offers an internship program for aspiring photographers.
Harrington has lectured across the United States for the North American Nature Photographers Association, American Society of Media Photographers, Advertising Photographers of America (now American Photographic Artists), Professional Photographers of America, and the National Press Photographers Association.
He is an ex-officio President Emeritus of the White House News Photographers Association having finished his second term in 2011. Currently, Harrington is actively involved in his profession sitting on the boards of four photographic trade associations. He also serves as a National Director on the board of the American Society of Media Photographers, on the board of the National Press Photographers Association, and the International League of Conservation Photographers.
Harrington has produced three commissioned books for the Smithsonian and the second edition of his book Best Business Practices for Photographers, remains a bestseller. His latest book, MORE Best Business Practices for Photographers was released in 2014.
Harrington lives in Washington, DC with his three daughters - the most amazing subjects he has ever captured.
Top Customer Reviews
The author begins by reminding the professional photographer that he is in business. There is a brief discussion of equipment in which the author urges the readers to get the best equipment he or she can afford, and a warning that the professional had better consider the logistics of every job.
In another part Harrington discusses working with assistants, employees and contractors as well as pricing, including consideration of factors like retirement accounts and insurance. He discusses hiring accountants and lawyers. To me, the meat of the book is in the discussion of contracts. Besides furnishing the reader with samples of his own documents, he explains essential provisions. There are also chapters on infringement and enforcing contractual rights. There's a brief tour through archiving images, although the essence of Harrington's message is, read Peter Krogh's "The DAM Book", a point with which I heartily agree. The author also touches on the market for stock photographs.Read more ›
As a college professor, I require this book for all my upper level photo classes. It should be required reading for every student who wants to be a photographer. Harrington has provided a valuable insight at how to be successful in the business of photography.
I own the first edition, and couldn't wait for this new edition. When I got the second edition, I was pleased to see how much Harrington has added. Even if you own the first edition, you'll want this if you are making your living as a photographer or are even thinking about it.
Just as "The Rules" was correct in its rather annoying assumption that playing hard to get seems to get people wanting you more, Harrington's rules for photographers will make any professional photographer more attractive to his/her clients.
~ Richard Kelly, Photographer, Educator & President ASMP
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This is more for cooperate or wedding, not for your new portrait business start up. That's what I was looking for. Disappointed.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
Great book i bought it for a class requirment but barely used it but its really great for people that are starting bussiness in photographyPublished 22 days ago by IrenePro
Rambling and vague. Many stories about how the author handled this or that situation, but if you're looking for an organized book on how to run a photography business, this isn't... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book has a ton of brilliant insight in it, and if you're studio art degree didn't have much business for photographers to it, then this is a must have. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ryan Filgas
I use this book as a reference instead of a cover to cover read. Loaded with helpful information for anyone starting or expanding a photography business.Published 4 months ago by William Andreas
The Bible for commercial photographers. Every pro should read. There is now a revised version of this book in print.Published 5 months ago by Mark Davis