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Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee! Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-16 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1620142600
LANGUAGE:English

" A biography of a man who captured the Harlem Renaissance through his photography.. An interesting, well researched story. A great recommendation for kids especially those who have to do a person for Black History Month. But don't just recommend it in February. Artist kids will enjoy reading this book.From advanced reader copy. " said.

" I had never heard of him, but Van Der Zee filled a need: photographing African Americans in their daily lives of love, pride and community starting during the Harlem Renaissance. This picture book biography fills the same kind of need: providing a loving portrait of a kind and accomplished African American man. " said.

" Totally enamored with this picture book biography of the brilliant and humble photographer, James VanDerZee written by Andrea J. Loney, illustrated by Keith Mallett and published by Lee & Low Books.James passion for not just photography but for finding the beauty in every person and thing he photographed is heartwarming. He saw the good in people. A #mustread for sure! " said.

" Perfect blend of text and illustration provides the story of James Van Der Zee, the photographer who chronicled life before, during and after the Harlem Renaissance. His creativity and patience in his photographic technique included an early form of photoshop which produced a portrait which flattered the subject. " said.

" Interesting read about James Van Der Zee, a photographer that captured an amazing era in Harlem. I enjoyed reading about his life and how his persistence and creativity led to his profession while doing it with care and pride. He also did retouching to photos before Photoshop/computer technologies, which is amazing! More info in the afterword with his photographs, his studio, and examples of his retouching techniques in the dark room. " said.

" Photographer James Van Der Zee is beautifully brought to life in this wonderful book by Andrea Loney. Meticulously researched, readers will love following James as a small boy, then to New York and finally his part in the Harlem Renaissance where he photographed everyone from politicians, movie stars, musicians, to his neighbors. Keith Mallett's illustrations shine through out. A lovely read-aloud, recommended for all! " said.

" This is an absolutely gorgeous, captivating book. I love the sweeping narrative, from James' days as a young boy, until his exhibit at the MET. The author handled the complexities of his life in a poetic, but honest way. The illustrations transport you to each different time and place in James' life. You will find much to discuss after reading this book, and thankfully there are several pages of back matter to expand his biography, history, and photographic techniques during his lifetime. " said.

"A fantastic picture book biography that kids will enjoy. A boy who loves to draw finds himself drawn to a new contraption- the camera. Soon, he saves enough money to buy one of his own. And a lifelong passion for photography is born.

Even with this profession, the color of his skin was an issue for some people. But, ultimately, his talent won over the intolerance. He was able to capture the spirits of his subjects and of that time, making a name for himself with his Harlem Renaissance photos.

What fascinated me while reading this was his ability to touch up pictures- way back before Photoshop and editing (computerized) tools.
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