Norman T. Hatch
President of Photo Press International, Ltd., Alexandria, Virginia, for over twenty years, producing editorial/commercial photography for foreign publishers. Director, Pictorial Press International, Ltd.
Over 64 years experience in the photographic/public information professions with local, national and international responsibilities. Have studied and worked with “Time-Life”, “March of Time” in New York,
at Warner Bros. Studios, 20th Century Fox Studios, Technicolor Labs and Disney Studios in Hollywood.
Responsibilities included public information specialist, motion picture cameraman, film & TV producer, photographic industry representative to government, Chief, AV Division, OASD(PA) & 15 years as the senior audio visual advisor to the Secretary of Defense. A consultant to the White House Press Office during four administrations and to the House and Senate Photo and Television Galleries in the National Capital. Through all of these diversified assignments the requirements demanded that policy development, planning, management and implementation of knowledge and resources be extensive and politically astute!
Some past and present clients: Universal Studios, Hollywood; Nagai Institute of Special Studies, Japan; Radio Television Suisse Romand; Austrian TV; One Way Productions, Hollywood; General Mills; World Photo Press, Tokyo, Interarms, Alexandria, VA. and Benelli USA.
Professional associations have included: Radio, Television News Directors Association; Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; Washington Film and Video Council; Association of Federal Photographers; Federal Interagency Media Committee; National Headliners Club, the Society of Photographic Engineers & Scientists, USMC Combat Correspondents Association and the International Combat Camera Association.
Military Service: Active 1939 – 1946, United States Marine Corps, English instructor, Marine Corps Institute; Assistant Editor, Leatherneck Magazine; Information Assistant, U.S. Navy Department, Office of Public Information; Combat cinematographer, Photographic Officer for 2nd and 5th Marine Divisions; Director of Photography for the Marine Corps, Headquarters, USMC. Total 41 years active regular and reserve service. Engagements – Tarawa, November 1943 and Iwo Jima, February 1945, Occupation of Japan (Nagasaki) September 1945. Retired as a Major, USMCR.
Awards: 1944 Academy Award, Most Outstanding Documentary Short, “With the Marines at Tarawa.”
Award presented to USMC. Was primary combat cinematographer.
1944 Navy Commendation for Tarawa
1945 Bronze Star for Iwo Jima
1946 National Headliners Award for combat photography in WWII
1979 Secretary of Defense Meritorious Award