African-American photographer Charles "Teenie" Harris, who was born in 1908 and died in 1998, left a legacy for admirers of photography, students of photojournalism and historians.
A Homewood native, he covered news events for the Pittsburgh Courier, a black newspaper that had a national reach at the time, from 1936 until his retirement in 1975, and earned the nickname "One Shot" from Pittsburgh Mayor David Lawrence because of his knack of capturing the image he wanted the first time he took it.
But his contribution goes beyond newsmakers because Mr. Harris also documented the Hill District, a black neighborhood of Pittsburgh that was in its prime a bustling business and residential district.
Carnegie Museum of Art, which acquired almost 80,000 of Mr. Harris' negatives in 2001, opens a retrospective of his work next weekend, "Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story," which will include both photojournalistic and studio images.
The 1,000 exhibited images will range from the famous, such as entertainer Lena Horne and baseball star Jackie Robinson, to children playing in front of their houses.
In partnership with the museum, photographers from the Post-Gazette interviewed and photographed Teenie's subjects decades after he photographed them and recorded their memories of the famous photographer.
Design by Chris Kirk
Charles "Teenie" Harris photography courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art
Post-Gazette photographers Rebecca Droke and Bill Wade recently interviewed some of the subjects of Teenie's photos, who share their remembrances.
The Pastor's Daughter
The Younger Teenie
The Jazz Musician
The Wedding Couple