9 1/4 x 6 3/4", 256 pages, black and white photographs throughout; black cloth is edge worn with a bit of light soiling, bump to top front corner, previous owner's name stamp to top and fore edges of text block and front end paper, pages clean and crisp, binding sound, dust jacket rubbed and edge worn with a couple of tiny edge tears and scratches to front panel, now in protective mylar cover. Black and white 5 x 7" photograph of three African American men, perhaps three generations, posed in a studio; photograph is marked "vanderzee 1932," and G.G.G. Photo Studio, 2065-7th AVE., N.Y.C." is stamped on rear in blue; photo is edge worn with handling wear, adhesion injuries along bottom edge and at bottom right corner. James Van Der Zee (1886 - 1983) was an African American photographer best known for his portraits of black New Yorkers. He was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Aside from the artistic merits of his work, Van Der Zee produced the most comprehensive documentation of the period. In 1916 Van Der Zee and his second wife, Gaynella Greenlee, launched the Gaynella Greenlee Guarantee Photo Studio in Harlem, called G.G.G. Studio., it was in the above ground basement of a Harlem brownstone on the west side of the street. His business boomed during World War I, and the portraits he shot from this period until 1945 have demanded the majority of critical attention.
AFRICAN AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHER BLACK AMERICANA PHOTOGRAPHY HARLEM RENAISSANCE NEW YORK