21 Entrepreneurs: No. 7 Harry De Zitter

Harry goes way back when it comes to being a dear family friend. He and my dad started out together in the ad world! Harry has shot for the likes of Nike & The New York Times and done portraits of familiar faces such as Paul McCartney.

De Zitter Photography

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 1. ) How did your business/work/passion? How was this idea born and what lead you to do what you’re doing now?

 Started at Port Elizabeth School of Art in 1968 then grew once I opened a studio in Cape Town

 2.) Tell us about your morning routine. Any specific rituals / productivity aspects etc

 Wake up, make some coffee, have a bowl of oat meal, switch on my laptop, check my emails and start making calls to parts of the world that are already awake.

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3.) What inspires you?


 4.) Biggest lesson you’ve learnt?

Always keep an open mind, expect the unexpected and be ready to shoot it or eat it…..

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5.) Biggest failure so far?

 Not being able to bake a cake

 6.) Biggest Success so far?

 A Retrospective of my Life’s work at the Baker Museum in Naples


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 7.) Your work space? Clean & Minimal or Eclectic and colourful – what would we find on your desk?

 Clean and organized but colourful. Hate chaos and lack of planning….. Do not invite shit into your life

Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 8.40.50 AM 8.) Top 3 entrepreneurial tips?

 Think big + Trust but verify + Do not talk a big game, do it!

 9.) Who are you currently listening to?

 Chuck Magione’s “Children of Sanchez” a classic album

Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 8.42.12 AM  10.) Your best marketing tool?

 Word of mouth by people that are movers and shakers

 11.) Dream Big Right? What’s next for you?

 Keep dreaming and executing one dream at a time

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Harry’s advice to young photographers – “always send the elevator back down to the ground floor so someone else can get to the top” – Love that and it can be applied in every discipline!

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