Tuesday, May 30

Charles "Teenie" Harris

"Watch many photographers today working on digital SLRs and you’ll see them shoot, pull the camera down to peek in the digital screen to check the image, then repeat. This action has become known as chimping, and old salts will say that it betrays the photographer as an amateur, because back in the days of film, once you took a photo, that was what you had. But in the days of film, especially in a controlled setting, photographers often made redundant shots to make sure they captured what they wanted. Not Charles 'Teenie' Harris. A native of Pittsburgh’s Hill District, the city’s cultural center of African-American life, Harris was a semi-pro athlete and a numbers runner before he bought his first camera in the 1930s. ..."
TIME - One Shot Teenie: A Retrospective of Charles Harris
TEENIE HARRIS ARCHIVE (Carnegie Museum of Art)
NPR: The Big Legacy Of Charles 'Teenie' Harris, Photographe (Radio)R
Charles Harris