[Marcus Garvey in a UNIA Parade]

James Van Der Zee American
Person in photograph Marcus Garvey Jamaican

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 999

During the 1920s and 1930s, Van Der Zee 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. Van Der Zee's career spanned more than seventy years, but his work first achieved widespread recognition only in 1969, when it was included in The Met's controversial exhibition, "Harlem on My Mind." He is now recognized as one of this country’s most distinctive photographic portraitists and an important chronicler the culture of the Harlem Renaissance.

[Marcus Garvey in a UNIA Parade], James Van Der Zee (American, Lenox, Massachusetts 1886–1983 Washington, D.C.), Gelatin silver print

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