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Teenie Harris, Photographer: Image, Memory, History Paperback – October 28, 2011
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“The amazing Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris’ archive chronicles nothing less than the dazzling impact of African American life on the 20th century. In 60 years of work from the photo studio to the music hall, and in images of black news culture from Flash magazine to the Pittsburgh Courier, these pictures are resolutely modern and frame the everyday as details of the extraordinary. A lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, Harris showed us how people and place mattered. His creative eye chronicled a vibrant black community, from its early days as a destination for migrants to its crucial civil rights and black power activism. Harris’ photos ultimately tell the story of the heritage of modern black migrations and the world they made. He recovers the cultural effluence and influence of industrial life in the Steel City and joins artist Romare Bearden and playwright August Wilson in shedding light on the unexpected, significant, and joyous details of our urban beauty.”
—Kellie Jones, Columbia University
“A beautiful book . . . striking black and white reproductions . . . makes a strong case for Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris’s importance within the history of photography.”
The three engaging essays in Teenie Harris’ present an entire era and history, interweaving the political and social issues of those decades with the evolution of journalistic photography and its techniques.”
--On the Seawall
About the Author
Cheryl Finley is assistant professor of art history at Cornell University. She is coauthor of Imaging African Art: Documentation and Transformation.
Laurence Glasco is associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of Ethnicity and Social Structure: Irish, Germans, and Native-Born of Buffalo, N.Y., 1850–1860 and editor of The WPA History of the Negro in Pittsburgh.
Joe W. Trotter is Giant Eagle Professor of History and Social Justice at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous books, including The African American Urban Experience: From the Colonial Era to the Present and Race and Renaissance: African Americans in Pittsburgh since World War II.
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