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explorer. , movie producer , photographic engineer

Herford Tynes Cowling, American photographic engineer, movie producer, explorer. Served in Army Air Forces, January 1941-December 1946; Member Federal Photographic Society (president, 1915-1916), American Society Cinematographers, American Society Photogrammetry, Society American Archivists, Air Forces Association, American Legion, Post Northern 200, Dayton, Society of Motion Picture Engineers, S.A.R., International Photographers; Mason.

Background

Cowling, Herford Tynes was born on August 20, 1890 in Nansemond County, Virginia, United States. Son of John Phillips and Caroline Weaver (Tynes) Cowling.

Education

Student George Washington University, 1912-1913.

Career

Chief photographer United States Reclamation Service, 1909-1916. Traveled extensively in the United States, Canada and Mexico, 1913-1916. Headed cinematographic expedition, 1917, to Formosa, Philippines, Indo-China, Siam, Dutch East Indies, Australia, Tasmania, China, Japan, New Zealand and South Sea Islands, producing semi-educational and travel motion pictures.

Chief cinematographer and technical director for Paramount—Burton Holmes Travel Films. Technical director Teaching Films Department, Eastman Kodak Company, 1927-1932. Official photographer Century of Progress, Chicago, 1933.

Supervised of motion picture production of Emergency Conservation Works, Washington, District of Columbia, 1934. Technical director div. of motion pictures and sound recording, United States National Archives, Washington, July 1, 1935-March 15, 1937. Technical assistant to administrator, National Unemployment Census, Washington, District of Columbia, 1937.

Senior administrative assistant Commerce Department, 1938-1940, then chief of photographic services unites states department Labor. Produced motion pictures of Europe, 1919, including France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Czecho-Slovakia, Italy, also Algeria, Tunisie, Tangier, Morocco, Sicily, Spain, Egypt, Palestine, Constantinople, Cuba and Mexico, 1921. Expedition to British East Africa, Uganda, Congo and The Sudan, filming big game hunting, 1922.

India, Kashmir, Tibet, 1923-1924. China war correspondent, September-November 1924. Made moving pictures in Tibet of its people and customs.

Produced motion picture of coronation of Maharaja of Kashmir, 1926.

Membership

Served in Army Air Forces, January 1941-December 1946. Member Federal Photographic Society (president, 1915-1916), American Society Cinematographers, American Society Photogrammetry, Society American Archivists, Air Forces Association, American Legion, Post Northern 200, Dayton, Society of Motion Picture Engineers, S.A.R., International Photographers. Mason.; Clubs: Explorers.

Connections

Married Virginia Hardin, January 14, 1927.

father:
John Phillips Cowling

mother:
Caroline Weaver (Tynes) Cowling

spouse:
Virginia Hardin