Teenie Harris’s Enduring Legacy
Carnegie Museum of Art is busy putting the finishing touches on the exhibition Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story, which opens to the public this Saturday, October 29. But Pittsburgh is already buzzing with excitement over Harris’s work. Harris’s archive of nearly 80,000 negatives, housed at Carnegie Museum of Art since 2001, provides an astonishing glimpse not only of the major events and luminaries of the 1930s through 1970s but also of the everyday lives of African Americans. It is Harris’s personal connection to his subjects that is highlighted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s “Two Shots” project, which catches up with the people first photographed by Harris (known by the nickname “One Shot”). Images taken by Harris are juxtaposed with pictures of the subjects today and accompanied by richly personal video interviews in which the subjects share their remembrances of posing for him.
These sorts of personal connections lie at the heart of the Teenie Harris Archive, which relies on Harris’s family, friends, colleagues, and community to shed light on the images’ origins, meanings, and significance. Visitors to Teenie Harris, Photographer will be encouraged to participate and add their own knowledge to the archive—so don’t miss the chance to be a part of the story.