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James VanDerZee

VanDerZee Boys,
c. 1900

Black-and-white photograph

7" x 9.5"


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VanDerZee Boys

James VanDerZee's early years were spent with his family in Lenox, Massachusetts. The small community of African Americans living in Lenox primarily made their livings providing service to the wealthy New Englanders who spent summers in the hotels and estates of the mountain resort. It was while working as a waiter at the luxurious Hotel Aspinwall that VanDerZee purchased his first camera from a mail-order company. The 1900 photo VanDerZee Boys is among his earliest works. It features two of the VanDerZee brothers skiing in a snowy landscape. This photo provides a rare image of African Americans participating in what was considered an elite pastime and challenged stereotypical notions of blacks as they were represented in popular culture.

  

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