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James VanDerZee

  • CountryUnited States
  • Born1886
  • Died1983


James Van DerZee was a self-taught photographer. He purchased his first camera in 1899, moved to Harlem in 1905 and opened a photo studio in 1916. During the 1920s and 1930’s he became an important documenter of the Harlem Renaissance and the Afro-American community of the town. His career declined after the war and his work was only rediscovered in the late sixties.