The Harlem Album: A Century in Images

Josephine Baker at the Roxy, 1950

Diana Ross Backstage at the Apollo, 1965

Malcolm X at a Rally on Lenox Avenue, 1965

Mohammed Ali and Malcolm X, 1965

Cadillac and Racoon Coats in Harlem, 1932

A Woman with Hanging Overalls, 1978

The Harlem Album: A Century in Images

The Harlem Album: A Century in Images is a remarkable collection of photographs curated by Thelma Golden at the Studio Museum in Harlem.  Home to writers and revolutionaries, artists and musicians, Harlem has also long been a source of inspiration for countless photographers.  The selection of images provided here includes photography by James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, Dawoud Bey and Kenneth Nelson, with photographs that reveal a broad and beautiful new visual survey of the neighborhood.

The choices in this collection were all about offering a wide variety of ways of looking and seeing and thinking,” says Studio Museum Curator Golden.  Even when it comes to some of Harlem’s legendary icons, the variety of photographs is telling.  There are the pictures of Malcolm X addressing a crowd, but also intimate scenes in which Diana Ross and James Brown shed their public masks.  Joe Louis, surrounded by cheering locals, peers coolly at the camera.  And Langston Hughes stands, appropriately, on his own stoop, an architectural feature that serves as a “site of memory” in many Harlem photographs.  In a neighborhood that has symbolized so much, to people all around the world, the stoop was also a kind of threshold: between home and the larger world.

James Van Der Zee: Photographer of the Harlem Renaissance

Gordon Parks: Legendary Photographer, Filmmaker, Writer and Composer

Thelma Golden: How Art Gives Shape to Cultural Change

Slide Show: The Harlem Album/A Century in Images

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