James VanDerZee (1886-1983) was the most prominent African -Amerivcan photographer of the twentieth century. He also deserves to be counted among the masters of the medium. His career spanned a remarkable eighty years, from his first photographs-taken at the turn of the century-of family and friends to his beautiful late portraits, made when he was in his nineties, of Bill Cosby, Eubie Blake, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and others. VanDerZee was best known, however, for the thousands of photographs that he took between the wars in New York's Harlem, where he ran a commercial photographic studio. In these portraits and documentary photographs the Harlem Renaissance comes alive as a time of achievement, idealism, and material success.
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VanDerZee was the first 20th-century African American photographer to achieve commercial success and fame. Between the wars, he ran a photography studio in Harlem, where he documented the famous and ... Read full review