Quality partners are incredibly important. It is only when together that great beauty is created. David Dowsey works with highly talented people – experts in photography, design, illustration and printing – who share his vision to create books that are amongst the finest in the world.


Richard Weinstein, photographer

Richard Weinstein’s career began as a passionate hobby at the age of 13. Using a Russian-made Zenit 35mm camera he began capturing images in a unique and creative way in his native South Africa.

Richard Weinstein completed three years of full-time study at Pretoria Technikon, graduating with distinction and receiving the National Best Student of the Year Award. He completed his thesis with a documentary of Marabastad, South Africa’s first township, exhibiting 150 images and directing
a 20-minute documentary shot on 16mm film.

After a four-year apprenticeship, Richard Weinstein opened his own studio in Johannesburg, and the following year exhibited a series of dye transfer impressions at Paper Place Gallery. The exhibition was supported by Polaroid and printed using Arches Aquarelle paper. Richard Weinstein emigrated to Australia in 1995 and now works as a commercial photographer based in Sydney.

His work concentrates on advertising commissions, but he is best known for his superb portraiture, having photographed Nelson Mandela, Malcolm Turnbull and Mark Webber, among many others.

Richard Weinstein's specially commissioned photography features in David Dowsey's books
Making the Cut: The Power and Passion behind a Tailoring Dynasty, Elfin: The Spirit of Speed and Coming out of the Cold: The Intriguing story of John Morgan & Co, Tailors to John F. Kennedy, Harold Macmillan and John Le Carré.

See more at richardweinstein.com.au


Mike Harbar, illustrator

 Photo by Cathy Harbar

Photo by Cathy Harbar

English born Mike Harbar has been a professional freelance illustrator since 1990. He emigrated to Australia in 2000 and now operates his renowned Classic Lines Artist studio in Melbourne, illustrating for a broad range of loyal clients worldwide.

His specialities focus on transport – cars, motorcycles, motorsport, airplanes and luxury boats – but he is equally at home with architecture, portraiture, landscapes, technical manuals, patent drawings and product design.

Mike Harbar is a trained industrial designer and has a unique understanding of engineering principals and how they relate to his artistic output. This is apparent when inspecting the accuracy and attention to detail he can achieve by using the humble lead pencil and watercolour wash. He is also skilled in graphic design, printing and picture framing.

All of Mike Harbar’s artworks feature his trademark – a church spire hidden deceptively in the detail. Like Cuneo's mouse and Where's Wally? the spire adds a touch of intrigue to each work.

Mike Harbar’s corporate clients include Australia Post, London Underground Ltd, Holden Dealer Team, Holden Special Vehicles, Ford Performance Vehicles, Motorclassica, Bridgestone, Richard Noble (ThrustSSC), Aston Martin Owners’ Club, Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce, Victorian Historic Racing Register, Rolls-Royce Foundation, Shannon’s Insurance, Marathon Oil, Brooklands Classic Cars, Grand Touring, Freehills Patent Attorneys, Devaux Cars, R&J Batteries, Desmond J Smail, Aviation Components Services, Jag World, Classic and Sports Car, Chrysler Australia, Pacific Luxury Limited, Shine Productions, and Australian Broadcasting Commission.  

Mike Harbar has collaborated closely with motoring identities Harry Firth, Peter Bock, Fred Gibson, Allan Moffat and Bob Jane. His work has been displayed at the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, Motorclassica and the Birmingham NEC Classic and Sports Car Show, and his artwork features in David Dowsey’s books, Aston Martin: Power, Beauty and Soul and A Le Mans Diary.

Learn more at classiclinesartist.com