A photographer for the Pittsburgh Courier, one of the pre-eminent black news weeklies in America. Traveled the alleys, workplaces, nightclubs, and ballparks of Pittsburgh, shooting backstage with Dizzy Gillespie and Lena Horne, in the dugout with Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige, and on the streets of the Hill District and Homewood-Brushton.
Documented black Pittsburgh and created a historically and sociologically accurate record of its African-American history from 1931 through 1975. Nicknamed "One Shot" by Mayor David L. Lawrence because of his habit of snapping only one shot of him when other photographers would shoot many. Died at the house where he had lived for most of his life at 89, two weeks shy of his 90th birthday. Both the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg and the Carnegie Museum of Art have held exhibitions of his photographs, with the Carnegie creating a special archive for the work.