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Haritan Photography

Pittsburgh, PA 15317


Michael Haritan is a commercial photographer with over 33 years experience, providing location photography services for clients in the fields of architecture, corporate, industrial, education and public relations.

Haritan was the preeminent photography contributor to "Pittsburgh: Fulfilling It's Destiny" - the 1987 book showcasing the beauty, character, cultural and industrial heritage of Pittsburgh and it's people.

He continues the documentation of the architecture and landscapes of the Pittsburgh region for editorial clients and personal projects for his fine art photography exhibits in local and national galleries.

Haritan recently earned an Associate of Science Degree with FEMA certifications, with an interest in providing photography and videography services for the planning, response, mitigation and recovery related to natural and man-made disasters.

Clients provided with threat assessment and security surveys include government, public safety, local and state emergency management, education, corporate, industrial and private security firms.

Goals include:

- to help clients improve their image through the use of creative photography

- maintain the highest standards of excellence in service, quality and professionalism

- Helping first responders with the photo and video survey for training, recruitment, promotion and documentation of their services in preparation and confronting disasters, terrorism and domestic threats.

"Chernobyl - Causes and Consequences of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster, Tragedy and Coverup" is Haritan's 2016 photo documentary in Ukraine currently presented to education, religious, medical, environmental, corporate, industrial, emergency response, safety and security audiences in the U.S. and Canada. Donations helping the innocent children and victims residing in orphanages, hospitals and psychiatric institutions can be made directly to:

Book publications include:

- Art of Seeing, Alcove Books, 2008

- Images of America - Carnegie, Arcadia Publishing, 2008

- Images of America - Brookline, Arcadia Publishing, 2006

- Pittsburgh: Fulfilling Its Destiny, Windsor Publications, 1987

Magazine publications include:

- Newsweek - People - New York Times - Hollywood Reporter - Today's Healthcare - Home Office Computing - Independent Business

- Wall Street Journal - Ladies' Home Journal - Science – Sixteen - InCommunity - Powerboat - Floral Management - Industrial Distribution

- Pittsburgh Magazine - Progressive Architecture - Woman's World - Home Design - Business - Professional Remodeler - Window Fashions

- US Airways – Juris – Chain Leader - Columns - Pittsburgh Professional - College Football - Building Operating Management

Teaching experience includes:

- Chautauqua Institution, New York – Summer 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

- Community College of Allegheny County - 13 years

- La Roche College - 4 years

- Pittsburgh Public Schools (CAPA) - 30 years

- Washington & Jefferson College – Summer 2006

- Waynesburg University - 9 years


• Photographing people, places and things - creatively

-advertising, architectural, corporate, education, entertainment, fashion, forensic,

nature, executive portraits, group portraits, public relations, sports, travel and all the other fun stuff

Honors and Awards:

• Loan Collection – Best of the Best

Professional Photographers of America

International Judging and Annual Exhibition of Professional Photography • 2000

Color photo of orchid selected for the PPA North American tour of galleries, exhibitions and Epcot Center, Orlando, Florida.

It is part of the annual PPA International Exhibition General Collection and the Loan Collection publication by which entries are judged for both commercial and artistic appeal.

• A Moment in Building

National Building Museum, Washington D.C.

• June 1987

International photo contest showing workers in the process of a constructing a building. Haritan's winning photos were of the Liberty Center/Federated Investors Building, Pittsburgh, PA

- First Prize, black & white

- Third Prize, color

- Honorable Mention, black & white

• Best In Class

• August, 2011

Brick Industry Association’s 2011 Brick In Architecture Awards photography of PNC Triangle Park, Pittsburgh, PA

• Judges' Favorite

American Society of Media Photographers

• April 2005

Color photograph of a Hostess Twinkie appearing as a burning torch at sundown for the ASMP "Object Show X!" as judged by Duane Michals, nationally known photographer and author.

• Best Concept

American Society of Media Photographers

• October 2003

Black & white surrealistic photograph of a model appearing as a water nymph, lying in a stream for the "Object Show X" theme of water.

• Portfolio Awards

Triangle Professional Photographers Association

• February 2014, Blue Ribbons for nature and fashion

• April 2005, First prize color of flower details at Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh. PA

• April 2005, First prize color of flower details at Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh. PA

• April 2004, First prize of evening blurring lights of amusement rides at Kennywood Amusement Park, Pittsburgh, PA

• April 2003, First prize color architectural photography of medical rehabilitation center in Morgantown, WV

• April 2002, First prize color architectural photography of corporate office interiors, Pittsburgh, PA

• Images of Pennsylvania Traditions Award

Pennsylvania Heritage Affairs Commission

• April, 1989, Photo of Haritan’s father demonstrating the art of pysanky (Ukrainian Easter egg decorating) to his grandsons


• Professional Photographers of America, Certified Rating

• American Society of Media Photographers

• Triangle Professional Photographers Association

* Business Networking Institute - Education Coordinator