In the early 1900’s, Harden Hasten Carter moved to Lockport and took a job assisting at a local pharmacy. In 1904, he opened his own pharmacy in town which he operated for several years, until he moved to Indiana. H. H. Carter opened a pharmacy in Indiana, too, but eventually gave up that business to pursue a business in photo finishing.
Carter is an important Lockport figure because during his years here, he took many photographs locally concentrating on people going about their daily lives, instead of the formal portraits most photographers were taking at that point in history. Carter was one of the first photographers to employ this style of photography. His photographs give us a detailed glimpse into the buildings, the styles and the lives of the citizens of Lockport during the years 1910 through 1916. A collection of H. H. Carter’s work can be seen at the Lewis University Library.