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Arts > Photographers > 20th century > USA > Charles "Teenie" Harris    1908-1998

 

 

 

A procession of women,

possibly including Ruby Wheeler Woods, second from left,

and Cleo Holloway Keith, fifth from left,

walking down Webster Avenue

for the funeral of Leon (Pigmeat) Clark.

Hill District.

 

April 19, 1950.

 

Charles (Teenie) Harris

 

Teenie Harris Archive, Carnegie Museum of Art

 

Past and Present Collide in Pittsburgh

NYT

Jun. 2, 2015

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/02/past-and-present-collide-in-pittsburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Calvary Baptist Church Deacon Clinton Robinson,

Deacon Henry Robinson and the Rev. James M. Allen

baptizing a man in the Allegheny River,

possibly with Jim Davis observing at left.

 

October 1969.

 

Charles (Teenie) Harris

 

Teenie Harris Archive, Carnegie Museum of Art

 

Past and Present Collide in Pittsburgh

NYT

Jun. 2, 2015

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/02/past-and-present-collide-in-pittsburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Williams, three months old,

standing on the hand of his mother, Gloria Williams,

in their home at 2249 Somers Drive, Bedford Dwellings. Hill District.

 

December 1961.

 

Teenie Harris Archive, Carnegie Museum of Art

 

Charles (Teenie) Harris

 

Teenie Harris Archive, Carnegie Museum of Art

 

Past and Present Collide in Pittsburgh

NYT

Jun. 2, 2015

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/02/past-and-present-collide-in-pittsburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The centenarian Lucy Slater grinding coffee in her kitchen.

 

Ben Avon.

April 1953.

 

Teenie Harris Archive, Carnegie Museum of Art

 

Charles (Teenie) Harris

 

Teenie Harris Archive, Carnegie Museum of Art

 

Past and Present Collide in Pittsburgh

NYT        By Maurice Berger        Jun. 2, 2015

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/02/past-and-present-collide-in-pittsburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two young men and a young woman playing horseshoes

at Dr. Alma Illery’s Camp Achievement.

 

Fayette County, Pa.

Circa 1941.

 

Teenie Harris Archive, Carnegie Museum of Art

 

Charles (Teenie) Harris

 

Teenie Harris Archive, Carnegie Museum of Art

 

Past and Present Collide in Pittsburgh

NYT        By Maurice Berger        Jun. 2, 2015

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/02/past-and-present-collide-in-pittsburgh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles "Teenie" Harris        1908-1998

 

Motivated by the increasing

demand for visual reporting,

The Courier

appointed Mr. Harris

its first staff photographer

in 1941.

 

Enterprising,

well-dressed and charming,

he was an eminent presence

in Pittsburgh’s

black community,

producing one of the most

comprehensive visual records

of mid-20th century

African-American urban life.

 

Whether photographing

everyday events and activities,

political demonstrators

or the rich and famous

— Mr. Harris

was invariably present

whenever black entertainers,

sports figures and business

and political leaders

appeared in Pittsburgh —

he had a knack for capturing

the humanity

and grace of his subjects.

 

Known as “One Shot Teenie,”

Mr. Harris, who died in 1998,

also had a talent for taking

the perfect picture

in a single shot.

 

Flashbulbs,

both expensive

and difficult to handle

— once discharged,

they smoldered —

were one reason

for his efficiency.

(The paper did not cover

the cost of equipment

or supplies.)

 

Another was his camera.

 

As news organizations

in the late 1940s

began switching

to 35-millimeter cameras,

which allowed

for quick multiple shots,

Mr. Harris remained loyal

to his relatively slow

and cumbersome

Speed Graphic.

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/02/past-and-present-collide-in-pittsburgh/

 

 

http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/02/
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