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Harold Mitchell: closet photographer

machiavelli_review__1024Dr Mumbo knew the godfather of Australian media buying Harold Mitchell had many talents, but did not realise it includes photographing the rich and famous.

At least that’s what The Sunday Telegraph’s food critic Amy Harris would have us believe, writing in her review of the restaurant: “One of the most famous Machiavelli hallmarks – its collection of power portraits taken by stinking rich media buyer/closet photographer Harold Mitchell – still remain.”

Mitchell: back in the photography closet

Mitchell: back in the photographic closet

However, a quick trawl through the archives of the Sydney media establishment eatery (where famously a table is reserved for Network Seven and another for Nine), reveals Mitchell was actually invited to curate the images on the wall, not take them.

The photography actually represents the work of photographers over at Harris’s rival publisher Fairfax Media.

Harris may be best to leave the lunchtime power stalking to the Australian Financial Review’s Rear Window columnist Joe Aston in future. If he can tear himself away from Rockpool, that is.


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