We all have defining moments in our lives. For me, one of the most important (and one I have never mentioned in these columns) was the day in September 1985 when Seth Baker walked into the offices of the Newport Ensign newspaper in Newport Beach, California as the new owner of the publication.
I had never heard of him nor did I know anything about his publications or background. All I saw was a very well-dressed, handsome man, tall and commanding. He had an air of confidence that said, “I can fix whatever ails this newspaper.”
- Lee Pound
Seth was the publisher of Los Angeles Magazine, Beverly Hills  Magazine and a host of other publications. He gave me my first break as a photographer in the mid 80′s and opened more doors in my career than I can recall.
Under his watchful eye, I became a photographer. He gave me my first celebrity editorial assignment, he gave me my first cover shoot. He was a quick tempered, decisive man who knew what he wanted and didn’t suffer fools gladly….which is no doubt the reason why he fired me so many times over the 20 years I shot assignments for him.
– Christopher Barr