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    James Van Der Zee (American, 1886-1983).
    James Van Der Zee: Eighteen Photographs
    Gelatin silver prints, later printed in 1974 by Richard Benson
    Sizes vary from 2.75" x 9.25" (6.98 x 23.50 cm) to 7.75" x 9.75" (19.68 x 24.76 cm)
    No place; 1905-38

    Each signed, editioned "71/75", and numbered sequentially "I-VXIII" in pencil mount recto
    Published by Graphics International Ltd., Washington, D.C.
    Housed as issued in a grey portfolio and slipcase.

    Includes the following:
    Mrs. Turner, Lenox, Massachusetts, 1905; Whittier Preparatory School, Phoebus, Virginia, 1907; The Van DerZee Men, Lenox, Massachusetts, 1908; Kate and Rachel Van Der Zee, Lenox, Massachusetts, 1909; Miss Suzie Porter, Harlem, 1915; Nude, Harlem, 1923; Marcus Garvey and Garvey Militia, Harlem, 1924; Garveyite Family, Harlem, 1924; Dancer, Harlem, 1925; Portrait of an Actor, Harlem, 1929; Swimming Team, Harlem, 1925; Wedding Day, Harlem, 1926; Black Jews, Harlem, 1926; Atlantic City, 1930; Portrait of Two Brothers and Their Sister, Harlem, 1931; Couple, Harlem, 1932; The Heiress, Harlem, 1938; Daddy Grace, Harlem, 1938.

    James Van Der Zee was best known for his photography of black New Yorkers. The African-American photographer began his career as a darkroom assistant in 1915, but opened his own studio in Harlem the next year. Throughout World War I his business blossomed, and following the war, he produced hundreds of portraits of Harlem's expanding middle class population. Some of his more famous subjects were Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Joe Louis, Florence Mills, Countee Cullen, and Marcus Garvey.


    Condition: Each print is dry mounted to 15 x 12-1/2 inches; there appear to be some scattered spots of retouching, and some minor indents and surface scuffs; overall, these prints appear to be in very good condition.


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