Renaissance Remembered

The growing and changing complexion of Harlem is a cause for both sadness and optimism. The progress made in creating what Harlem might look and feel like in the future is mixed with a certain familiarity and remembrance as to what it meant and how it was to live it during the golden age.

The history of Harlem, and for that matter that of blacks in America, cannot be considered without acknowledging the the work of Harlem’s most celebrated photographer, James Van Der Zee.  As captured in “Harlem Renaissance Art of Black America” by the Studio Museum in Harlem, his unique style of storytelling captured the essence of family groups, activism, and lifestyle of the Harlem community photographed to show their beauty, pride, and dignity.

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