Celebrating Black History / Photography: Charles “Teenie” Harris

February 8 / 16

Hello and Good Morning! It’s Black History Month and Shadowbox is continuing to celebrate. This week we’re looking at Charles “Teenie” Harris.


all works by Charles ‘Teenie’ Harris

“Three men and a woman at a restaurant counter” by Teenie Harris © 2006.
  • Son of hotel owners
  • Purchased his first camera and opened a photography studio in the early 1930s
  • Between 1936 till 1974, Harris chronicled life in the black neighborhoods for the Pittsburgh Courier, one of America’s oldest black newspapers
  • Not only did Harris photographed the Negro League baseball players of the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords, but he also played for the Crawfords when they were known as the Crawford Colored Giants
  • During his career, Harris took more than 80,000 images
  • Captured celebrities such as Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughan, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King, and others
  • Harris was nicknamed ‘One Shot’ because he rarely made his subjects sit for retakes
Lifeguard offers a swimming lesson, 1951, photograph by Teenie Harris.


Charles “Teenie” Harris: “Waitress at the Crawford Grill, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


You can go to teenie.cmoa.org to learn more about ‘One Shot’ Teenie Harris. I hope you enjoy this post. Enjoy the rest of your Monday and be blessed peeps!





photo cred: npr.org, potd.panonline.com, and artsatl.com