Greg is an award-winning photographer from West-Central Minnesota. His photographs have appeared in numerous books, magazines, brochures, postcards, websites, newspapers and so forth. Most recently he was one of three photographers selected state-wide by the McKnight Foundation to help document the work of the Minnesota Initiative Foundations, now celebrating their 25th Anniversary. Greg has worked with numerous government, corporate, and private clients and is always looking for new challenges. Greg specializes in landscape, portrait, and event photography.
Greg's passion is capturing images through the medium of photography that evoke feelings and emotions in much the same way that painters, sculptors, potters, poets, writers and musicians do in their respective mediums. Where Ansel Adams is world-renown for capturing spectacular black and white photographs of the American West I seek to share my vision of the spectacular vistas of the everyday beauty that surrounds each of us, but which passes by largely unnoticed.
I hope my photographs will help you see what I see--and perhaps gain a greater vision of the beauty that continually surrounds each of us.
My more professional portfolio is located at http://harpeggio.500px.com/
My listing at MNartists.org, including a full artist biography and detailed information is at http://www.mnartists.org/Gregory_Harp
MNartists.org is an online database of Minnesota artists and organizations from all artistic disciplines.
My listing at the Willmar Area Arts Council can be found at http://www.willmarareaartscouncil.org/artist/gregory-harp.html
A limited number of photographs are available for purchase as prints and various photographic gifts from http://www.gregoryharp.com/ (Photographic gifts include such items as mouse pads, coffee mugs, and so forth.) For any other photographic services please contact me at the email given above.
Many thanks for your visit,
Gregory A Harp
New London, Minnesota
"Thanks for all your work on this project! Your photos will help McKnight and the Minnesota Initiative Foundations communicate about our work in new (visual!) ways, with new audiences. We all truly appreciate the time, energy, and expertise you invested in making the final product a success."
~ Tim Hanrahan, Communications Director, The McKnight Foundation
"Thank you for your excellent photographic work that makes this a truly professional presentation of Hennepin County!"
~ Randy Johnson, Hennepin County Commissioner
A Few Worthwhile Quotes Regarding Photography:
"Photography has not changed since its origin except in its technical aspects, which for me are not important." ~Henri Cartier-Bresson
"Photography is not about cameras, gadgets and gizmos. Photography is about photographers. A camera didn't make a great picture any more than a typewriter wrote a great novel." ~Peter Adams
"Many pictures turn out to be limp translations of the known world instead of vital objects which create an intrinsic world of their own. There is a vast difference between taking a picture and making a photograph." ~Robert Heinecken
"I drifted into photography like one drifts into prostitution. First I did it to please myself, then I did it to please my friends, and eventually I did it for the money." ~Philippe Halsman
"All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth." ~Richard Avedon
"I never have taken a picture I've intended. They're always better or worse." ~Diane Arbus
"If you're photographing in color you show the color of their clothes - if you use black and white, you will show the color of their soul." ~Author Unknown
"Most people stiffen with self-consciousness when they pose for a photograph. Lighting and fine camera equipment are useless if the photographer cannot make them drop the mask, at least for a moment, so he can capture on his film their real, undistorted personality and character." ~Philippe Halsman, Great Themes : LIFE Library of Photography by Time-Life (Editor), Page: 106
"While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see." ~Dorothea Lange
"This is the essence of a work of art: that you never touch bottom. If a picture has for everybody exactly the same meaning, it is a platitude, and it is meaningless as a work of art. The same is true for a portrait: if it is not rich in character and meaning, it is a poor portrait." ~Philippe Halsman - "An 'Astonish me' Sunday", A Sermon by Philippe Halsman, Popular Photography, March 1967, p. 64
"No photographer is as good as the simplest camera." ~Edward Steichen
"When you use a camera, not as a machine but as an extension of your heart, you become one with your subject." ~Anonymous
"All photographs are there to remind us of what we forget. In this - as in other ways - they are the opposite of paintings. Paintings record what the painter remembers. Because each one of us forgets different things, a photo more than a painting may change its meaning according to who is looking at it." ~John Berger
"I shutter to think how many people are underexposed and lacking depth in this field." ~Rick Steves, travel guide and author
"People think that all cameramen do is point the camera at things, but it's a heck of a lot more complicated than that!" ~Larry (Chris Elliott) in the movie "Groundhog Day"
"No place is boring, if you've had a good night's sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film." ~Robert Adams
"Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop." ~Usman B. Asif
“These people live again in print as intensely as when their images were captured on old dry plates of sixty years ago... I am walking in their alleys, standing in their rooms and sheds and workshops, looking in and out of their windows. And they in turn seem to be aware of me.” ~Ansel Adams, in the preface of Jacob a Riis: Photographer & Citizen
“Cameras and lenses are simply tools to place our unique vision on film. Concentrate on equipment and you'll take technically good photographs. Concentrate on seeing the light's magic colors and your images will stir the soul.” ~ Jack Dykinga
"One photo out of focus is a mistake, ten photos out of focus are an experiment, one hundred photos out of focus are a style." ~Author Unknown (But there are days when I am sure I am working on this style.)
'Photography, fortunately, to me has not only been a profession but also a contact between people -
to understand human nature and record, if possible, the best in each individual.'
|Random Greg Harp pictures