Harry Koundakjian At The AGBU Center: A Peek Through A Photojournalist’s Lens

Photographer Harry Koundakjian

Photographer Harry Koundakjian

PASADENA—The AGBU Glendale/Pasadena Chapter is proud to present a unique photo exhibition of renowned photojournalist Harry Koundakjian’s most captivating photos. A very special narrative will be presented by Mr. Koundakjian on Friday September 11 at 8 p.m., providing the audience with the exclusive opportunity to peek through a photojournalist’s lens.


Harry Koundakjian, also known affectionately as “Harry the Horse” began his professional career in 1952 at the Beirut French language paper, “L’Orient” and its sister Arabic language publication “Jarida” while also freelancing for such publications as Time, France-Soir, Paris-Match, The London Times and more. In 1967, he joined the Associated Press (AP) – the world’s largest news gathering organization, and was then appointed chief of the Middle East photo staff in 1969. In 1979, Koundakjian moved from Beirut to New York City and took on the post of International Photo Editor.  


Over the span of his very successful career, Koundakjian’s shutter has captured everything from wars to world leaders, natural disasters, royal weddings, terrorist hijackings, politicians, entertainers and Armenian related issues – all on an international platform. He has been the recipient of many prizes among which the World Press Photo Award and the APME Plaque. His insight is unique, his perception exceptional and his experience unparalleled. 


With an amazing portfolio of photographs spanning half a century of dedication to the world of photojournalism, Koundakjian, although retired from the AP, continues to contribute as a member of the United Correspondents Association with affiliations to both “Aztag” and “Al-Anwar” publications. His photographs are forwarded daily to all major Armenian publications around the world. 


The exhibit will stay open through September 13, 2009 at the Boyajian Hall of the Alex Manoogian Center at 2495 E Mountain Street in Pasadena, CA. For detailed information, please contact the AGBU offices at (626) 794 7942. 


Established in 1906, AGBU (www.agbu.org) is the world’s largest non-profit Armenian organization. Headquartered in New York City, AGBU preserves and promotes the Armenian identity and heritage through educational, cultural and humanitarian programs, annually serving some 400,000 Armenians on five continents.  


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