The Harlem book of the dead / James Van Der Zee, Owen Dodson, Camille Billops ; with a foreword by Toni Morrison.

Photographer
Van Der Zee, James, 1886-1983 [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
  • Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. : Morgan & Morgan, [1978]
  • ©1978
Description
85 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm

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Author
Writer of foreword
Library of Congress genre(s)
Rare books genre
Getty AAT genre
Summary note
James Van Der Zee was an African-American photographer who specialized in funerals. This book includes many of his photographs, with his comments. The text, by Camille Billops, is primarily an interview with the artist at the age of 91. Includes poetry, by Owen Dodson, inspired by some of the photos.
Contents
  • Very long conversation with James Van Der Zee at the age of ninety-one
  • Mothers & prophesies
  • Fathers & the better people
  • James Van Der Zee, the young man
  • Children & the mystery of birth
  • Women: wives & friends
  • Soldiers
  • Mourners & the posing of the dead
  • Man is the head of everything big on earth
  • Description of plates.
ISBN
  • 9780871001528 (hardcover)
  • 0871001527 (hardcover)
LCCN
78070469
OCLC
4524851
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