Knight L. Harris, founder of Producer Photo Lab, Quantity Photos and Producers Film Center, died of natural causes May 18 in L.A. He was 83.
Harris, whose father worked as a writer for comic Fatty Arbuckle, got his first pro job at 16, shooting a Life mag spread about a William Randolph Heast party. At 17, he secured doctors for a vital operation for his mother by agreeing to film the surgery for medical training purposes.
He was one of 13 tech sergeants/photogs during World War II, covering Europe and North Africa, Gen. George Patton’s troops and a newly liberated concentration camp.
After the war founded his own custom processing lab, catering to major studios and freelance photographers in L.A. for 48 years. He also did work for NASA.
Harris is survived by two children, a daughter-in-law and five grandchildren.