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One Shot Harris
From the 1930s through the 1970s, Charles "Teenie" Harris (1908-1998) traversed the alleyways, workplaces, and nightclubs of his native city, camera in hand, to capture the essence of community life for the Pittsburgh Courier. Backstage with Dizzy Gillespie, in the dugout with Jackie Robinson, or on the streets with children of the Hill district, Harris documented every as ...more
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by Harry N. Abrams
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Glorious, expressive photos of black life in Pittsburgh in the 1930s & 1940s & 1950s. From the introduction by Stanley Crouch, "Looking at these people as they work and as they play, as they primp and as they pray, as they compete and as they cooperate, as they eat and as they exist in that kind of open-eyed sleep we so perfectly describe as daydreaming, we begin to understand the contours of the national culture and how strongly it transcended superficial differences. Some of the myster ...more
I like Teenie One Shot Harris for many reasons. His shots are fresh and lively giving a good look into black life in Pittsburgh in the 40's and 50's. He got his nickname from politicians for the way he'd come in and take one shot when other photographers were hammering out too many. Have to tip your hat to efficiency and confidence like that.