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H. Harold Davis

H. Harold Davis

2009

Pioneer and leader in the field of color photography. Former Chief Color Photographer at The Louisville Courier-Journal; in 1938, was the first photographer to photograph a United States president in color. Was known for his color essays on life in the states of Kentucky and Indiana, published in the Courier-Journal’s Sunday Magazine. Photographed every president and presidential candidate from Franklin Roosevelt through Richard Nixon as well as every Kentucky candidate for governor and U.S. Senate. Repeatedly won awards in the University of Missouri’s “News Pictures of the Year” competitions. Work was chronicled in the book This Place Kentucky, published in 1975. Received “Master Photographer” degree from the Professional Photographers Association of America in 1953. Born in Corydon, Ind. Retired in 1973, died in 1980.