Pamela Harris studied English literature at Pomona College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1962.
Pamela Harris was a lecturer at Ontario College of Art in Toronto. She previously was employed as a lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in the spring of 1979. She also received bursaries in 1973 and 1971, and a short-term grant in 1969 from the Canada Council.
In 1973 Pamela Harris produced The Women’s Kit, including photography, writing, taped material and art. She also built a community darkroom in an Arctic community and taught photographic skills to Inuit craftswomen in 1972. As of 1980 she was photographing the United Farm Workers in Watsonville, California. Pamela Harris works in a 35mm format, producing silver prints.