Friday, June 8, 2012

Who Was Harry Lunn Jr.?

Harry Lunn Jr. was a former CIA agent who became a big time art dealer who more or less created the market for collecting fine art photography.

At an  opening at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. around 1970 I was talking with Walter Hopps who was Director of the Corcoran. This imposing figure suddenly appeared. It was Harry Lunn. Walter said "Harry you never come by to see me and you never call me".
Harry Lunn then replied, "Does that hurt your feelings Walter?"
Lunn was a money man. There is no entry on Wikipedia for him.
There is for another Harry Lunn though. That Harry Lunn was a Canadian football player.
It is interesting to me that often these dealers and money men are not remembered past their last deal.
Harry Lunn Jr. made it big time as a dealer selling fine art photography and he mentored others in that same field.