February 10 – Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee by Andrea Loney

James VanDerZee 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 VanDerZee.

Winner of Lee & Low’s New Voices Award, Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee tells the story of a groundbreaking artist who chronicled an important era in Harlem and showed the beauty and pride of its people.

Reading: Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee by Andrea Loney
Saturday, February 10, 2018
4:30pm
Word Up Community Bookshop
2113 Amsterdam Avenue
New York NY 10032

James VanDerZee era solo un niño cuando ahorró suficiente dinero para comprar su primera cámara. Tomó fotos de su familia, compañeros de clase y cualquiera que se sentara quieto para un retrato. Ya para el quinto grado, James era el fotógrafo de la escuela y el fotógrafo no oficial de la ciudad.

Eventualmente superó a su pequeña ciudad y se mudó al emocionante y acelerado mundo de la ciudad de Nueva York. Después de que su jefe le dijo que nadie querría que su foto fuera tomada “por un hombre negro”, James abrió su propio estudio de retratos en Harlem. Tomó fotografías de figuras legendarias del Renacimiento de Harlem: políticos como Marcus Garvey, artistas como Florence Mills, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson y Mamie Smith, y gente común en el vecindario también. Todo el mundo quería retratos de lujo por James VanDerZee.

¡Ganador del Premio New Voices de Lee & Low, Toma una foto de mí, James VanDerZee cuenta la historia de un artista pionero que hizo una crónica de una era importante en Harlem y mostró la belleza y el orgullo de su gente.

Lectura: Toma una foto de mí, James VanDerZee por Andrea Loney
Sábado, 10 de febrero, 2018
4:30pm
Librería Comunitaria Word Up
2113 Avenida Amsterdam
New York NY 10032

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