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  • Harrison Forman Diary, China, September 1944 Harrison Forman Diary, China, September 1944 In the field with the Chinese People's Militia
  • Harrison Forman Diary, China, July-September 1944 Harrison Forman Diary, China, July-September 1944 The exclusive interview with Mao Zedong
  • Harrison Forman Diary, China, December 1942 - March 1943 Harrison Forman Diary, China, December 1942 - March 1943 A first-hand account of the Henan Famine
  • Harrison Forman Diary, China, December 1943 - January 1944 Harrison Forman Diary, China, December 1943 - January 1944 Reporting on the Sino-Japanese War and the Battle of Changde
  • Harrison Forman Diary, Poland, August-September 1939 Harrison Forman Diary, Poland, August-September 1939 An account of the blitzkreig and outbreak of World War II
  • Harrison Forman Diary, Tibet, April 1932 Harrison Forman Diary, Tibet, April 1932 Interview with Alakh Jamv Japa, Reincarnate Lama of Labrang

     

Harrison Forman, Photojournalist

Harrison Forman (1904-1978), a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was a prominent photojournalist and world traveler and also a Fellow of the American Geographical Society. He studied at the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Oriental Philosophy. An adventurous journalist, photographer, and explorer, he had been called "a modern Marco Polo" during his lifetime. In his career as a photographer, Forman created a unique visual record of the life and cultures of East Asia, Indochina, the Middle East, South Pacific, Africa and South America. He focused his camera on distant places and people, on streets of little known towns, historic sites, buildings, art, landscapes, scenes of sheer natural beauty, and portraits of women, men, and children. His primary interest was in people and in capturing their daily activities.

In 1987, the Harrison Forman photo collection was presented to the American Geographical Society Library, UW-Milwaukee Libraries. The collection consists of approximately thirty thousand negatives, fifty thousand color slides and transparencies, four thousand photographic prints, scrapbooks, and motion picture films.

While in the field, Mr. Forman maintained diaries containing information directly relevant to his photography. These diaries, on deposit in the University of Oregon Archives, were extremely helpful in the identification of Forman's photos for this project. They have been scanned and published on line, complete with extensive metadata, which can be accessed below.

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