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About Harry Mathias

Harry Mathias (MA, BA, San Francisco State University) was the director of photography on feature films, network TV dramatic shows, documentaries, TV and political commercials, and music videos. He is schooled in the classical Hollywood movie traditions of cinematography and lighting and has collaborated with some of the greatest names in the cinema industry. His feature film projects have included drama, comedy, action, and special-effects movies. He was also active in the San Francisco avant-garde filmmaking movement. He won a Golden Eagle Award for his documentary about homeless teenagers, Shadow Children. He has filmed documentaries for BBC, CBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, and Swedish Television, as well as KPIX, KQED, and KGO in San Francisco.


Present Associate Professor of Cinematography, Department of Radio, Television and Film, San Jose State University

Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

  • Oscar Nomination 1980 Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences for Solly’s Diner. Harry Mathias and Larry Hankin, Producers. Harry Mathias, Director of Photography, Editor.
  • San Francisco Invitational Film Festival First Place for Washington Square. Harry Mathias, Director, Director of Photography, Editor.
  • Filmex Award 1981 at the Los Angeles Film Expo Solly’s Diner. Harry Mathias, Larry Hankin Producers. Harry Mathias, Director of Photography, Editor.
  • The Allen Award 2005 by the International Cinema Technology Association.
  • The Allen Award 2007 by the International Cinema Technology Association.
  • The Cine Golden Eagle Award 1991 for Best Documentary, Shadow Children, a documentary about homeless teenagers on the streets in Berkeley. Harry Mathias, Director.

Contact Information

Books (3)

Periodicals and Published Papers (3)

Feature Films - Director of Photography (7)

Feature Films - Second Unit Director of Photography (11)

Television - Director of Photography (9)