born in United Kingdom
lives in Australia
Sam Harris is a self-taught photographer. Throughout the 90’s he photographed portraits and sleeve art for numerous recording artists. He also worked as an editorial portrait and features photographer for leading UK publications such as The Sunday Times Magazine, Esquire, Telegraph Magazine and Dazed & Confused. The over corporatization of the music industry during the late 90’s became the catalyst for a big change in direction, both photographic and personal. Sam abandoned his career in London in favour of quality family time, turning his camera inwards and slowing down. After several nomadic years between India and Australia Sam & family settled in the forests of Western Australia.
In 2015 Harris published his acclaimed photo-book ‘The Middle of Somewhere’ which was the recipient of a 2015 Lucie Award and the Australian Photobook of the Year – People’c Choice Award as well as being shortlisted in POYi, Les Rencontres d’Arles Book Award, & GuatePhoto.
The Middle of Somewhere
text by Andrea Laudisa
Perdersi nel mondo per ritrovarsi, potrebbero riassumersi così gli ultimi anni di vita di Sam Harris. Un cammino tanto coraggioso quanto tortuoso quello intrapreso dal fotografo, che ha coinvolto non solo la sua arte ma tutta la sua famiglia; abbandonate le certezze a Londra, la strada percorsa lo ha portato prima in India poi in un villaggio sperduto dell’Australia sud-occidentale dove attualmente vive. Durante questi viaggi Sam Harris si è spogliato delle certezze acquisite negli anni, ha iniziato a contemplare la bellezza degli sbagli, ha trovato la poesia nell’incontro tra gli occhi dei suoi figli e altre culture. Un viaggio identitario il suo, che incastra i tasselli di una bellezza del vivere quotidiano lento, come dissenso alla velocità del mondo.
Via Corte dei Mesagnesi
Getting lost in the world in order to find oneself again. This is how the last years of Sam Harris’s life can be summed up, a path full of courage as well as tortuous where his art and his family got dragged into. After the artist had left his certainties in London, his life led him to India first, then into an isolated village in south-west Australia where he now lives. During his journey Sam Harris gave up all the certainties acquired over the years and began to admire the beauty of mistakes. He found poetry where his children’s eyes crossed other cultures. This was his identity journey that entangles the tiles of slow everyday life’s beauty as dissent at the world’s fast flow.