photo reporter The Martin Harris Collection

Photographer Martin Harris was an eyewitness to the history and culture of the mid-20th Century.


He recorded images of Depression-era labor unrest for PM New York, the horrors of World War II for Stars and Stripes and the stars of stage screen, radio and television for Collier's Magazine, Life Magazine and the Saturday Evening Post. His iconic images of Dwight Eisenhower, Albert Einstein, Clark Gable, Sophia Loren, Steve Allen, etc. graced the pages of daily newspapers and weekly magazines across the United States and Europe. Mr. Harris began taking amateur photographs in the late 1920s graduating to “guest photographer” at hotels in the Catskills and “double truck” color photography for Life Magazine in the mid-1930s.

This online exhibition is based on the exhibition of the same name that was presented at the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries, January, 18 – March 10, 2017.

Curated by Jim Liversidge | Designed by Elizabeth A. Bouton


Unless otherwise noted, all items are from the Martin Harris Collection, Special & Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida,

which was a gift of his grandchildren Dr. Gregg M. Harris and David Harris