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Chris Hardy has been a photojournalist for more than 30 years, working primarily for the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle. Over the course of his newspaper career, he photographed major news stories, from Super Bowls to the Space Shuttle landing and the Loma Prieta earthquake, as well as a wide range of celebrities, politicians and business leaders.
Chris was born in Long Beach, California, and attended Cal State University, Fullerton, where he studied graphics and photography. He started working as a photographer for the Los Angeles Times while he was still in school.
He then went on to work for the San Francisco Examiner for 22 years, where he helped develop the digital photography program. He spent five years with the San Francisco Chronicle before going out on his own as a freelancer and photography teacher at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University in 2005.
Chris’ freelance work includes shooting the arts, sports and travel, as well as corporate identity and promotional photos.
His photographs have appeared Time, Newsweek and Life magazines, as well as in books and on album covers. His awards include more than 20 San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association awards, five California Press Photographers Association awards, and six national Picture of the Year awards.