During the last 30 years working as a filmmaker, Hart Perry has carved out three distinct reputations: social and music documentarian, cameraman and artist. In 1969 he was the youngest cameraman at the legendary Woodstock music festival and in 1970 he directed his first music video, "Alice Cooper." In 1977, he was the principal cinematographer of the award-winning documentary "Harlan County, U.S.A."
During the 1970s and 1980s, Perry was a innovative force in the development of holographic movies (Integral holographic stereograms). Working with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1977, he built the second optical printer for producing holographic movies in the world. As President of the Holographic Film Company (New York), he worked on commercial applications for holographic movies in the areas of advertising and portraiture. In addition, he was the Director of the Cabin Creek Center's Artist-in-Residence program, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts. This program represented the innovative collaborations of holographies with visual artists, sculptors and dancers. In creating holographic movies, Mr. Perry converted 16mm film footage to holographic film to capture both motion and dimension. The holographic film was then wrapped inside a Plexiglas cylinder and illuminated for viewing with a normal light bulb. This process was invented by Lloyd Cross in 1972.
His holograms of computer generated images produced in the early 70s were innovative and have been widely exhibited in museums and art galleries. In addition, he produced holograms for Salvador Dali, Milton Glazer, Mabou Mimes, Agam and other artists.