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The Voices Behind Teenie Harris’ Photos

December 13, 2017

The Voices Behind Teenie Harris’ Photos

By Stefanie Johndrow

From the 1930s to the 1970s, Charles “Teenie” Harris captured Pittsburgh life as one of the principal photographers for the Pittsburgh Courier, one of the nation’s leading black newspapers by the 1930s.

During his more than 40-year career, Harris took more than 80,000 images. Since 2003, the Carnegie Museum of Art (CMOA) has scanned and catalogued 60,000 of those images, one of the most detailed records of the black urban experience known today.

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