Capturing the glamour of the burgeoning arts and music scenes as well as everyday life, Van Der Zee became known as the eye of the Harlem Renaissance.
While known predominantly for his portraits, Van Der Zee also chronicled the streets around him.
At the age of 14, he received his first camera and took hundreds of photographs of his family and the town of Lenox.
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In the few years before his death, encouraged by his third wife, Donna Van Der Zee, whom he married in 1978 and who manages his estate, Van Der Zee came out of retirement to photograph luminaries such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Miles Davis, and Muhammad Ali.
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