About Harris from Paris
As far back as he can remember, Harris Gaffin enjoyed hearing stories and telling them. He took up photography as a teenager and immediately found it easy to tell stories with photos. He documented all aspects of life in school.
So it's no surprise that he chose a career in photojournalism; he combined photography and writing to tell his stories. He specialized in lifestyle topics: food, fashion, adventure, and travel.
But a funny thing about my chosen profession. What he called, ‘feature stories' were profiling others and helping them to tell their story. It was the same thing when he produced documentaries. It was still all about telling a story.
In 2014, he began developing websites for others to help them tell their story. He uses the same skills he had as a journalist, writer, photographer, and videographer. Only instead of calling it journalism, which he knew and loved, it’s now called “content.”
"Journalism" or "content," is still based on what a child wants to hear before going to bed. It's what teenagers look forward to on overnight camp outs. It hasn't changed in thousands of years — the fine art of storytelling.
FEATURED ON TV
"I was in Oklahoma doing my thing, creating stories on the people I'd met when Channel 9 thought they'd serve me up as their story for the evening news." Oklahoma City, OK (3:10)
FEATURED IN PRINT MEDIA
Harris from Paris and his feature storytelling expertise has been featured in a wide range of print publications.
QUOTES ABOUT HARRIS FROM PARIS
American Photographer Magazine, USA:
"Gaffin's work, with its dark tonal range, and it's disquieting cropping, owes much to Toulouse-Lautrec and Degas, two French impressionist painters ..."
E! Magazine, Greece:
"We just have one question for you, Harris from Paris. On your next trip, can you please take us with you?"
Friday Magazine, United Arab Emirates:
"he keeps coming up with incredible stories that keep his audience as well as himself a good distance from boredom."
Portrait Photographer, China:
"Harris from Paris pictures are more than portraits. They tell a story."
WORKING HERE AND THERE
I've always worked freelance which means, on virtually all projects, I'm responsible for planning, coordinating and budgeting. The reason I prefer this is because I'm also in charge of scheduling. And that means I come and go as I please. In other words, I don't have to rush off after a job. I can linger. And for a journalist, that's often where the real story begins.