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From 1930 through 1950, Pittsburgh's Hill District was a bustling African-American community, a thriving center of business, arts, entertainment and community activities. The area was a regular stopping place for big name jazz entertainers like Lena Horne, Billy Strayhorn and Mary Lou Williams, and the country's most widely circulated black newspaper at the time, The Pittsburgh Courier, originated on the Hill. The lively district is documented in One-Shot Harris, an exhibit of black-and-white photographs by Charles "Teenie'' Harris that kicks off today at the Tampa Gallery of Photographic Arts.

Harris bought his first camera in 1931, a $350 handheld Speed Graphic he put to use so well that the Courier quickly hired him. His legendary ability to capture a moment with one shot was the key to his success, and in a 50-year career he managed to take 80,000 photos.

The opening reception takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Fri., Sept. 23; a lecture with Charles Harris, Jr. begins at 10 a.m. Sat., Sept. 24. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., and noon-5 p.m. Sun.; One Shot Harris is on display through Jan. 8. 1627 W. Snow Circle, Old Hyde Park Village, 813-251-1800.

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