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James VanDerZee Harlem Renaissance Photographer

James VanDerZee (1886-1983) leading Harlem photographer. Some of the VanDerZee collection was featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, NY in the 1969 exhibition of African American art 'Harlem on my Mind.'

The Art Institute of Chicago is exhibiting 105 portraits of photographer James VanDerZee spanning over 60 years, in its Gallery 1. The James VanDerZee Studio exhibition will remain until April 25, 2004.

A portion of a news release from the AIC states [Vanderzee] "...created such innovative techniques as the photo montageómultiple images in a single picture. He also experimented with flash powder and learned how to judge light conditions without benefit of a light meter. His meticulous darkroom techniques not only flatter his subjects but also add a psychological and ethereal dimension to everyday images...".

The full Art Institute of Chicago news release appears here.

Read these books to find out more about talented Harlem Renaissance photographer James VanDerZee:

The James Vanderzee Studio

Vanderzee: Photographer: 1886-1983


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