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Local photographers honor one of their own

Harry Adams

Harry Adams

Contributed by TheProfessional MinorityPhotographers of theMidlands

Over the course of his life, Harry Adams has worn many hats. He was Navy seaman, a hospital worker, a television repairman, and a teacher. But what he is best known for is his career as dean of photographers in Columbia.

Now, a group of local photographers is honoring one of their own. The Professional Minority Photographers of the Midlands hosted a reception honoring Harry Adams on Thursday, August 31, 2006, from 5:30- 7:30 pm at the Bellefield/ Booker T. Washington Cultural Arts Center.

Born in New York City in 1932, Adams moved to Columbia and attended Booker T. Washington High School. After a stint in the Navy, where he served in the Korean War, Adams returned home to attend Benedict College. Adams worked hard to put himself through Benedict, attending classes during the day and working the night shift at the State Hospital. He graduated from Benedict with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1961.

Adams’ hard work continued after graduating from college. He opened a television repair shop on Shakespeare Road while also working as an elementary school teacher. In 1975, he decided to close the television repair shop and follow his true passion: photography.

Adams’ hard work and passion quickly made him one of the premiere photographers in the Midlands. Specializing in portraits and weddings, his unique style and attention to detail made him one of Columbia’s highly sought photographers. Passionate about his craft, Adams also trained numerous up-and-coming photographers who went on to make their mark in photography.

Friends, clients, and well-wishers came out to honor a man who has blessed the community with his skills and professionalism.

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