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Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee!

Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee!

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Series: Biographical, Picture Book Bios
Genres: Non-Fiction, Picture Books
Tags: Ages 5-8, Ages 8-12, Award Winners
ASIN: 1620142600
ISBN: 1620142600

Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee!: When he saved enough money to buy his first camera, James took photos of his family, classmates, and anyone who would sit still for a portrait

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Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee! 

James Van Der Zee was just a young boy when he saved enough money to buy his first camera. He took photos of his family, classmates, and anyone who would sit still for a portrait. By the fifth grade, James was the school photographer and unofficial town photographer. Eventually he outgrew his small town and moved to the exciting, fast-paced world of New York City.

After being told by his boss that no one would want his or her photo taken -by a black man, – James opened his own portrait studio in Harlem. He took photographs of legendary figures of the Harlem Renaissance–politicians such as Marcus Garvey, performers including Florence Mills, Bill -Bojangles- Robinson, and Mamie Smith–and ordinary folks in the neighborhood too. Everyone wanted fancy portraits by James Van Der Zee. Winner of Lee & Low’s New Voices Award, Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee! tells the story of a groundbreaking artist who chronicled an important era in Harlem and showed the beauty and pride of its people.

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