Life on the Farm

Meet Harry de Zitter. Photographer. Image maker. Soul diviner.


There is no place I haven’t been to … no place I wouldn’t go to.

If you’re loving the stunning photography here, shake this man’s hand. Meet Harry de Zitter, international photographer who knows how to make a field of broccoli look like a work of art.

Harry’s worked around the world for decades. Having spent his boyhood in the Eastern Cape, he loves returning to South Africa on photographic commissions and this time he came to shoot our farmers and farms for Natures Garden. It’s all over our website. We’re loving every pixel.

‘There is no place I haven’t been to. There is no place I wouldn’t go to,’ says Harry.

‘Really? Really really?’ went our design team.

He leapt off his chair and onto a plane when we spoke of a shoot in Groblersdal and Marble Hall. Just one of the places he’d never been before.

A place where the sweetcorn is just sweeter, the lamb chops dikker and more champion, and the farmers, well, the farmers are another story altogether.

That was the thing. The farmers.

The farmers loved meeting Harry and shooting the breeze with him, over a lamb chop on the edge of a pea field, in the veg growing capitals of Limpopo Province.

Harry’s career in image making spans four decades. It’s a story we’ve been dying to tell.

He grew up in PE and completed his formal training at the Port Elizabeth School of Art. Having established his first studio in Cape Town after art school, he very quickly spread his wings, setting up shop in London and New York, and travelling to out-of-this-world destinations to shoot still life, cars, fashion and reportage for mega brands.

During the golden age of campaign advertising in the USA, Adweek named him American Advertising Photographer of the Year (New York).

Not bad for a ‘fox terrier from PE’. (How Harry describes himself.)

More than a photographer, Harry’s a legend. Tireless, honest and funny, he’s more soul diviner than image maker. Harry has a way of extracting the essence of things, a way of finding the light in every crack. What was it, again, that Leonard Cohen said?



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