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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

James Van Der Zee

Bill Cosby by James Van Der Zee

James Van Der Zee, (June 29, 1886 - May 15, 1983) was an African American photographer during the Harlem Renaissance who was best known for his pictures that captured the lives of African Americans in New York City. He had a gift for capturing the most influential individuals and riveting artistic moments of the era.   Van Der Zee was born in Lenox, Massachusetts in 1886.  He demonstrated a gift for music and initially aspired to a career as a professional violinist. 
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