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Published: 23:31 BST, 2 June 2015 | Updated: 23:44 BST, 2 June 2015
A photographer's stunning archive shines a spotlight on the most popular – and chic – hairstyles favoured by women in decades past.
Charles 'Teenie' Harris photographed the African American community in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1935 to 1975, and many of his black-and-white pictures beautifully showcase the ways in which these women wore their hair on a daily basis.
And unlike the effortless waves, and the quick and easy ‘just got out of bed’ simplicity favored by so many women today, the hairstyles highlighted in these images are wonderfully intricate and detailed, showing the care and attention that went into each woman’s appearance.
Retro locks: Among many other subjects, photographer Charles 'Teenie' Harris documented women's hairstyles in from 1937 to 1975
Looking good: Mr. Harris' close-ups of women's hairstyles show all the work that went into making such intricate coiffs
The late photographer documented much of city life during that period, capturing nearly 80,000 images of black urban America.
But while the the civil rights struggle was a major presence during the years in which he was active - and Mr. Harris covered the marches and demonstrations extensively - he also took pictures of some of the less monumental aspects of daily life.
His archive includes many photos of women that focus on their hair, from tightly-pinned curls to bouncy flips. He captured them at beauty salons, fashion shows, and society events throughout his long career.
The old-fashioned coifs look to be inspired by celebrities of the time like Bette Davis and Grace Kelly.
Capturing everything: The photographer documented all aspects of daily life for the African American community in Pittsburgh
Sign of the times: A member of the Pittsburgh community who knew Mr. Harris said that this work is important because 'hairstyles were a chronology of what women wore in those days'
Pop culture cues: The retro 'dos are representative of the day's trends, and look to be inspired by screen stars like Bette Davis
Style and beauty: Besides showcasing varying hairstyles, the pictures also capture the changing fashions of the time period
Mr. Harris' archive was purchased by the Carnegie Museum of Art in 2001, and the museum has since been working to catalog the images and identify its subjects.
The museum staff also interviewed members of the community who remembered Mr. Harris.
One of them said: 'Some of those photographs he did, ones especially at his studio [that] were not historically significant in that they were not historical events, but some of the people were significant, some of the outfits were significant, some of the hairstyles were a chronology of what women wore in those days, you know?'
Influential artwork: In 2001, Mr. Harris' photo archive was purchased by the Carnegie Museum of Art
Extensive portfolio: The museum is in the process of cataloging Mr. Harris' 8,000 photos, and is even trying to identify the people in them
Girls and guys: While women's hairstyles showed more variation, Mr. Harris also captured men's hairstyles of the day and photographed them at barber shops
Au natural: While most of the women in the photos wore their hair tightly curled and strictly styled (right), a few wore their locks more naturally (left)
The man of the moment: Mr. Harris himself, pictured, was a stylish man who also snapped famous figures like John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.
In a curators' statement, Charlene Foggie Barnett and Dr. Ralph Proctor added: 'Hair, like skin tone, directly points out the amalgam that is African American culture. We had to "work with" what we had; even though the same haircut, process, and style may be attempted from one person to another, a great variety of texture, length, color, and style is often the outcome.'
Mr. Harris, who was reportedly stylish himself, also snapped men having their hair cut in barber shops.
In addition to his work covering daily life and the civil rights movement, Mr. Harris photographed celebrities and politicians who visited Pittsburgh, including John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt, Ray Charles, and Lena Horne.