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Pa. exhibit showcases legendary black photographer


PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Critics say a new exhibit and online catalog featuring the work of photographer Charles "Teenie" Harris capture the essence of daily African-American life in the 20th century.

From the 1930s to the 1980s. Harris took almost 80,000 pictures of people from all walks: presidents, housewives, sports stars, babies, civil rights leaders and even cross-dressing drag queens.

Harris is remembered for a strong personal desire to document a positive view of African-Americans and counter negative stereotypes in the white press. He was lead photographer for the Pittsburgh Courier, which was distributed all over the country via a network of Pullman train porters.

The exhibit at the Carnegie Museum of Art is up until next April and will also travel to Chicago; Birmingham, Ala.; and Atlanta.

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