Teenie Harris Photographs: In Their Own Voice

The Teenie Harris Archive is one of the most detailed and intimate records of the black urban experience known today. Opening July 29 at Carnegie Museum of Art, Teenie Harris Photographs: In Their Own Voice pairs 25 of Harris’s photographs with the voices of people who lived them.

Guest curator Dr. Ben Houston spent several years gathering oral histories revolving around the African American experience in Pittsburgh, producing over 150 recorded interviews. His research yields an incredible wealth of stories from Pittsburghers like Sala Udin, Alma Speed-Fox, Dr. Vernell Lillie and Eric Springer. For the exhibition, Houston’s selections from the Teenie Harris Archive, and from his own oral histories, creates a rich conversation on community and identity during the Civil Rights Movement in Pittsburgh.

Charles “Teenie” Harris, "Two boys standing next to brick wall with graffiti that reads 'Stop Dope the pusher is our ENEMY,'” ca. 1960–1975, black and white: Kodak Safety Film, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Charles “Teenie” Harris, “Two boys standing next to brick wall with graffiti that reads ‘Stop Dope the pusher is our ENEMY,’” ca. 1960–1975, black and white: Kodak Safety Film, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Charles “Teenie” Harris, "Crowd, including Greta Richardson fourth from right, holding signs on Webster Avenue near Morgan Street, Hill District," August 1951, black and white: Kodak Safety Film, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Charles “Teenie” Harris, “Crowd, including Greta Richardson fourth from right, holding signs on Webster Avenue near Morgan Street, Hill District,” August 1951,
black and white: Kodak Safety Film, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Charles "Teenie" Harris, "Three month old baby Tony Williams standing on the hand of his mother, Gloria Williams, in their home at 2249 Somers Drive, Bedford Dwellings, Hill District," December 1961, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Charles “Teenie” Harris, “Three month old baby Tony Williams standing on the hand of his mother, Gloria Williams, in their home at 2249 Somers Drive, Bedford Dwellings, Hill District,” December 1961, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Charles “Teenie” Harris, "Thirteen women, including Eunice Cook wearing dark dress with brooch, seated at table in interior with chalkboard on wall,” ca. 1948, black and white: Kodak Safety Film, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Charles “Teenie” Harris, “Thirteen women, including Eunice Cook wearing dark dress with brooch, seated at table in interior with chalkboard on wall,” ca. 1948, black and white: Kodak Safety Film, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund