New York born photographer Harrison Funk has been shooting entertainment, fashion, and advertising for nearly two decades. He has photographed some of the biggest stars of stage and screen for publications such as LIFE, Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Spin, TV Guide, USA Today, and Paris Match since the ‘80s. He is well-known as Michael Jackson’s personal photographer throughout the height of his career and after Michael’s passing in June 2009 was responsible for producing the programme book and on-stage/on-air visuals seen around the world at his Memorial Service.
Harrison has photographed some of the world’s best known faces, including Janet Jackson, The Rolling Stones, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Amy Winehouse, John Travolta, Johnny Depp, Barack Obama, and Nelson Mandela. He has produced an extensive and varied body of work, an oeuvre that ranges from film to books to album packages to advertising. His entertainment clients include EMI, Sony Music, Warner Records, Rhino, Universal Music, Universal Pictures, Showtime, and many other recording and production companies.
In addition to still photography Harrison has directed more than 30 music videos and documentaries, and has worked as a producer, director and cinematographer on a number of features, shorts films and television productions. His credits include the feature films One Step Behind, a Sci-Fi comedy and LA Gang Godfather, a drama that goes behind the scenes into the violent Los Angeles gang world of drugs, prostitution, and murder. His music video credits include Cameo’s Word Up and Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker. Documentary subjects include a biograph of Steven Seagal and a 60-minute film exploring the effects and aftermath of 9/11 as seen through the eyes of middle America.
In 1995 Harrison’s career took another turn seeing him appointed Executive VP and Creative Director at Outwest Records, an independent record label associated with Paramount Pictures. After moving to London in the millennium, Harrison worked on projects with music, fashion, editorial, and advertising clients throughout the UK and Europe while maintaining close contact with clients in America. In 2003 Harrison became Creative Director for the London based Blink Magazine, a project that he jointly developed with publisher Adrian Grant.
Harrison returned to the US in 2009 in order to prepare for Michael Jackson’s ill-fated “This Is It” tour. He is presently working on book and documentary projects in the US and Europe.
For many years he has lectured on photography at Universities in the US and UK, and has taught photography in workshops and private classes and continues to do so today.