James Van Der Zee Photographer (signed collotype/ poster)
The is a signed poster printed in the 1970s by G. Ray Hawkins gallery for a West coast exhibition by James Van Der Zee, one of the most famous African-American photographers in the United States, known for his documentation and portraits of Harlem, New York.
James Van Der Zee was a renowned, Harlem-based photographer known for his posed, storied pictures capturing African-American citizenry and celebrity. Born on June 29, 1886, in Lenox, Massachusetts, James Van Der Zee developed a passion for photography as a youth, and opened up his own Harlem studio in 1916. Van Der Zee became known for his detailed imagery of African-American life, and for capturing celebrities such as Florence Mills and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Following hard financial times, Van Der Zee enjoyed a resurge in his career during his later years. He died in 1983 in Washington, D.C.
This beautiful poster was reproduced by the collotype process – there is a continuous tone to the sepia tinted image, one of the few nudes ever to be printed by the photographer. “Nude by the Fireplace” is assumed to be Van Der Zee’s first wife and was taken in the early 1920s. The edition size of this printing was 300 copies, printed by the Black Box Colotype Co., Chicago, IL. . The edition of the signed posters was 100 copies. The size of the poster is approx. 18×24″, it is signed by the photpgrapher
(Image shown in photo is a signed copy.)
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