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Harry Richardson Cremer comes from a family of photographers. He was the grandson of James Cremer (1821-93), a pioneering photographer from Philadelphia, Harry’s father, Frank R., was a photographer as well, and young Harry was undoubtedly influenced and inspired by both of them. Shortly after graduating from high school, he attended Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. H.R. Cremer first exhibited his photos in 1924 and, over the course of his career, he participated in well over 100 exhibitions and art saloons. H.R. Cremer served as a charter member of Photographic Society of America and as President of Brooklyn Institute of Arts, Photography Department (now Brooklyn Museum).