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    Two James Van Der Zee Photographs (American, 1886-1983). Includes:

    12.5" x 16" (31.75 x 40.64 cm)
    New York; 1921

    An image of an old man seated in front of a roaring fireplace. Within the photograph are illustrated memories of the man's experiences of war, likely the First World War. Signed at the lower right corner.

    12.5" x 16" (31.75 x 40.64 cm)
    No place; no date

    An undressed woman standing in front of a fireplace, with one knee resting on a bench. The photograph is unsigned by Van Der Zee.

    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: Very good, with minimal wear.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2019
    15th Tuesday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 7
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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