James Van Der Zee (American, Lenox, Massachusetts 1886–1983 New York)
Gelatin silver print
18.7 x 23.8 cm (7 3/8 x 9 3/8 in.)
Gift of James Van DerZee Institute, 1970
Not on view
During the 1920s and 1930s, VanDerZee enjoyed a reputation as Harlem's preeminent portrait photographer, catering to everyone from proud parents, shopkeepers, and newlyweds to such luminaries as Marcus Garvey, Bill Robinson, and Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. VanDerZee's career spanned more than seventy years, but his work first achieved widespread recognition only in 1969, when it was included in the Metropolitan Museum's controversial exhibition, "Harlem on My Mind."
Inscription: Signed and inscribed in the negative, recto CR, vertically: "N. Y. C. // VANDERZEE [underlined] // 1924; stamped twice in blue ink, verso C and BR, both upside-down: "The Guarantee Photo Studio // 109 West 135th St., N. Y. C."
The James VanDerZee Institute
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Photograph: A Selection of Recent Acquisitions".
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photographs from the Museum's Collection," December 4, 1984–March 17, 1985.
Art Institute of Chicago. "James VanDerZee, Photographer of Harlem," January 24, 2004–April 25, 2004.
Oklahoma City Museum of Art. "Harlem Renaissance," February 5, 2009–April 19, 2009.
McGhee, Reginald. The World of James Van DerZee: A Visual Record of Black Americans. New York: Grove Press, 1973. p. 93.
Willis-Braithwaite, Deborah. VanDerZee: Photographer, 1886–1983. New York: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 1993. p. 92.