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Teenie Harris Photographs: Around The Clock

Teenie Harris Photographs: Around The Clock


(jazzy piano music) – I’ve literally known
Teenie since I was born. He grew up with my mom and my father was a civil rights and religious leader here in the city. So we would see Teenie
several times a week. Teenie was a very handsome gentleman. He was diminutive in size, he was always thin, always fast. And all the people that we’ve interviewed have said that Teenie was
well-liked by everyone, no one disliked Teenie. – He really enjoyed
making people happy. And showing the positive
side of black life as opposed to only the negative. Which doesn’t mean that
he didn’t take anything that was negative, because
if it was newsworthy, of course, it’s there. But he did look at life
for the positive, I think. – For this exhibition, I wanted to highlight
Teenie and his daily life. How he amassed these
80,000 images that are in the collection that we have here at the Carnegie Museum of Art. Teenie Harris was absolutely everywhere. He would start out in the morning and shoot his family and his kids. Then he would go on
and he would maybe have an early morning assignment. Then in the middle of the day, he might go to the Courier offices and pick up more assignments and maybe take some photos there. And then he’d start a real full-throttle of running around and catching everything from being in the mayor’s office, to chalk outlines of bodies, to baseball games, everything you can think of. Apparently, he’d go home and have dinner, and get back out on the circuit and go to the civic events of the evening. And then, his highlight,
was the nightlife, and he’d go to, say, the Crawford Grill, or the Loendi Club, or the Flamingo Club, and then he’d go home and
literally start developing pictures at home and maybe come back out and take some of these images
out to try to sell them. – He had great empathy
for children. He had great empathy for
conditions that were not, should we say, great conditions. He had great empathy for entertainers. A lot of his work
reflects exactly who he is. His personality is
imprinted on those photos. – I’m very honored to be the guest curator for this exhibition. For me, it’s a way to
pay homage to Teenie, to thank him for all my personal history as well as the history
of black Pittsburgers and black people. I mean the proof is in the photo, and so, along with someone
like an August Wilson, who explains our lives, Teenie does it without
a single, solitary word. (jazzy piano music)


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