Saturday, February 7, 2009

Phillip A. Harrington, Photographer, dies at 88

Photographer Phillip A. Harrington died Thursday, February 5, 2009 at Kingston Hospital. He was 88.  He was born in Holland, Michigan on April 29, 1920, a son of the late Harry and Clara Harrington.  A longtime Brooklyn resident, Mr. Harrington was a graduate of the Clarence White School of Photography, NYC. His 40-year career began, during the 1940's, when he worked a the Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, director of photography at the Wisconsin State Journal, acting director of photography at the Minneapolis Tribune.  

From 1949 - 1971 he was a Staff Photographer at LOOK Magazine, NYC. Photographic assignments, around the world, encompassed every area of the magazine's concern. In 1956-57 he was the first American journalist to enter Red China, and for this coverage received both the James Polk and the Overseas Press Club Awards.  He exhibited at Nikon House Gallery, NY, Photography in the Fine Arts, Metropolitan Museum, NY, Ohio University and University of Wisconsin.  

Mr. Harrington was a Fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society of England, former Vice President of the NY Microscopical Society, American Society of Magazine Photographers, National Press Photographers Assoc. and Society for Photographic Education. In 1972 he received the NY Microscopical Society's Ashby Award for contributions to the field of microscopy.  He received the NY Art Directors' Award for his documentary photo coverage of Elvis Presley.  He later specialized in Micro-Photography of the invisible world for editorial, advertising and Corporate Annual Reports. 
He moved to Fleischmanns in 1984. He served on the Board of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills. The Harrinton Laboratory was located in Fleischmanns.
Surviving are two sons Christopher M. Harrington and his wife Melinda of Wallingford, CT and Evan Ross Harrington and his fiance Deborah Ackles of Chicago, IL, his former wife, Joyce M. Harrington of New York City.
Reposing at the Simpson - Gaus Funeral Home, 411 Albany Ave. on Sunday from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, 320 Sawkill Road, Town of Ulster on Monday at 12:00. Rev. Dr. Linda Anderson will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Catskills, 320 Sawkill Road, Kingston, NY 12401.

1 comment:

microdoc said...

Sadly, I learned of Phil's passing just today. I have remembered him often over the years because he was both a friend and an important professional influence on my life path in several ways. We first met at Ohio University during the early ‘70s where I studied towards the M.A. in scientific photography. Phil had a gift for aesthetics even in the often dull world of scientific documentation. He also had a gift for humor and story-telling that were woven through his life and his work. He had high hopes to share his artistic gifts with the academic world from his endowed chair, but soon experienced grave disappointment with the lack of imagination and creativity he found in the hallowed university halls and the confinement of small town life. I moved back to New York while Phil joined the Cincinnati Enquirer, but all the while New York beckoned for his return. I am honored to have enjoyed Phil’s friendship.

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