Sean Alonzo Harris is a professional photographer and his work focuses on interpretive images of people. His work as a portrait and editorial photographer has been published in Boston Magazine, Down East, Portland Magazine, Maine Home and Design, Photo District News Rising Star feature, Maine Magazine and Teaching Tolerance. Harris’ clients include LL Bean, York Community College, Maine College of Art, Kennebunk Savings Bank, CDM Communications, Museum of African Culture, Royal River Grill, Standard Baking Company, The Cedars, Narrative Design, Catherine McCauley High School, Down East Energy, Camp Sunshine, Portland Stage Company, and Burgess Advertising & Associates Inc.
Harris has received critical acclaim for his fine art work. Currently his work is part of the celebrated traveling exhibition, Going Forward, Looking Back, practicing historic processes in the 21st century. This exhibition will be shown in Rockport Summer 2010, along with the show Maine Photographers, 10 Years Later. He has also developed three major shows, VanDerZee On My Mind in 1999, featuring images of African Americans in Maine, sponsored by a grant from the Maine Humanities Council and The Families Of Maine Documentary Photography Project, starting with A Lebanese Family In Waterville, in 2003, and Recollection; Green Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, in 2005. By 2003, the 121st Maine legislature had presented him with a formal proclamation of recognition for his work as a photographer. Harris’s work was included in 150 Years of Photography in Maine and selected for Biennial Juried Exhibition at the Center or Maine Contemporary Art and received honorable mention in 2000. His work was also part of the multi-media production If Wishes Were Horses, Beggars Would Ride at the Portland Museum of Art, featuring video, dance, text, and photography. Sean’s work was also included in the Griffin Museum of Photography’s Tenth Annual Exhibition. Harris’s work is included in the books Visible Black History, The First Chronicle of Its People and Portland Through the Lens. Harris has also participated in several community based collaborations, and artist in residencies in Maine Schools and youth programs. He has partnered with VSA Arts of Maine, The Edge Youth Program, Denmark Arts Center, Tim Rollins K.O.S. and Maine College of Art.
He has received several awards and grants for his work including, Good Idea Grant and Arts in the Capitol Program, from the Maine Arts Commission, the Broderson Bronze Award, and the VanDerZee Black Heritage Award, from the University of Lowell. Most recently Sean was selected as one of the 60 most collectible artists in Maine 2010, featured in Maine Home and Design magazine. Susan Maasch Fine Art, in Portland, Maine represents his work.
Harris was raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He graduated from the Art Institute of Boston and studied photography in Italy on scholarship, and at the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine.