Andrew Harris is a portrait photographer based in Boston, Ma. He was born in Liberia and moved to the U.S. at age nine. When a drawing class couldn’t fit into his schedule in high school, he accidentally stumbled onto photography. He found the subject enticing for its ability to elevate the mundane and add value to the most frivolous things. With photography, he found a place to breathe and learned to be sincere.
His work centers Black America, attempting to celebrate and understand their voices while expressing his own. Andrew Harris aims to highlight their power, beauty, and resilience and, ultimately, offers Black America a space to define themselves. His photographs unapologetically assert a Black future. Andrew Harris takes inspiration from the works of Gordon Parks and Spike Lee.
For his dedication and care for the craft, Andrew Harris has accumulated many awards over his career. After becoming a Finalist in Photography with the National YoungArts Foundation, he was named a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He was also named a winner of the New York Times annual student photo contest and was awarded an honorable mention at the IPA. He held his first solo exhibition a year after starting photography and raised $7500 for the Black Lives Matter movement. Andrew Harris has multiple awards for his work from the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards and Middlesex School. He continues to exhibit at the Griffin Museum of Photography and The Armory in Somerville. Andrew Harris is currently studying Film and Media at Tufts University. In his work, he now explores the history of America’s relationship with his birthplace, Liberia.