Often working in collaboration with his author-wife Lyn, he travelled extensively, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from Albania to Zaire. He had a special interest in indigenous peoples, and probably his best-known and most moving photo essay was done in the Arctic in the late 1940s, documenting a band of nomadic Inuit and their struggle for survival after the annual caribou migration changed course and bypassed them. Harrington published upwards of 2400 photo stories, and his work appeared in more than 24 books, including The Family of Man (1955), The Inuit: Life As It Was (1981), Richard Harrington's Yukon (1974) and River Rafting in Canada (1984). His photographs were purchased by the National Archives of Canada, the Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of Modern Art (New York City). He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2001.
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- Abbott, Louise. "Richard Harrington". The Canadian Encyclopedia, 04 March 2015, Historica Canada. www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/richard-harrington. Accessed 28 September 2023.
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- Abbott, L. (2015). Richard Harrington. In The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/richard-harrington
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- Abbott, Louise. "Richard Harrington." The Canadian Encyclopedia. Historica Canada. Article published February 07, 2008; Last Edited March 04, 2015.
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- The Canadian Encyclopedia, s.v. "Richard Harrington," by Louise Abbott, Accessed September 28, 2023, https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/richard-harrington
Article by Louise Abbott
Published Online February 7, 2008
Last Edited March 4, 2015