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Collection Scope and Content Notes

In the early 1960, Harris photographed Pittsburgh garbage men as they collected trash and interacted with the community. Focusing mainly on one man, Mr. Barksdale, Harris documented the day-to-day work and personal lives of a specific group of city employees. This collection overlaps with a small series of photographs taken on one roll of film of a homeless man digging through trash in downtown Pittsburgh. Harris named the two groups of images “Garbage Stories.”

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