A retrospective exhibit highlighting the career of veteran Westside newspaper and commercial photographer Harold “Hal” W. Fisher will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20 at the Scot Renfro Gallery, 8361 Truxton Ave., Westchester.
During a professional career that spanned nearly five decades, the award-winning photographer captured images of presidents, Hollywood stars, queens and famed athletes, as well as other luminaries.
Titled “A Photographer’s Journey,” the exhibit will showcase a broad cross-section of Fisher’s black and white photographs taken during the last four decades of the 20th century when he worked first as a newspaper photographer for the Santa Monica Evening Outlook and Torrance Press-Herald, and later as a commercial photographer in Los Angeles.
Fisher, who was raised in Westchester and attended Westchester High School, will attend the exhibit which is free and open to the public.
The show will contain both photographs taken by Fisher during his professional career, as well as images taken while he participated in a myriad of community activities throughout his lifetime. Fisher has been a member of the Kentwood Players theatrical group based in Westchester for over 50 years.
He is also known in the local community for his portrayal of “Uncle Sam” every year in the Westchester Fourth of July Parade since its inception in 2000.
A Mar Vista resident, Fisher studied photography at Santa Monica City College before being drafted into the United States Army, where he received training as a combat photographer in the early 1960s. While stationed in Fort Hood, TX as a reporter/photographer, he worked as a member of the press corps.
Upon his discharge, Fisher returned to Southern California and began his career as a photojournalist, initially at the Evening Outlook and then the Press-Herald. He later transitioned into commercial photography, which led him to cover a wide variety of subjects including business, civic, community, cultural and political, sports news events as well as major entertainment events such as the Academy Awards and Rose Parade.
Fisher is currently involved in numerous community organizations following his retirement.
Information on the exhibit, (310) 215-3487.