Charlie Parker, 1950, By Paula Kotis

charlie parkerThis amazing photograph of Charlie Parker, in 1950, was taken five years before he died in 1955 at the age of 34-year-old. Continue Reading →

Shop Harlem: Harlem Apartment Unity, 2011

harlem details 2011The apartment unit in central Harlem at 135th Street and 7rth Avenue, from the Harlem Details series, 2011. Continue Reading →

Seitu’s World: Black History Month At Gran Piato, With New Manhattan Boro President Gale Brewer In Harlem

seitu at gran 5By Seitu Oronde

Black History Month at the Gran Piato restaurant in East Harlem, NY, in celebration of the new Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.

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Carl Van Vechten’s Harlem Color

Sanneh01Ella Fitzgerald, 1940

In “White Mischief,” in this week’s issue of the New Yorker magazine, Kelefa Sanneh writes about Carl Van Vechten, a “New York hipster and literary gadabout” who was an unlikely champion of the African-American experience as it unfolded on the streets of Harlem in the nineteen-twenties. Continue Reading →

Dave Brubeck Harlem Renaissance Musician, 1958

Dave Brubeck PortraitOriginal silver gelatin print of American jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck as seen through the lens of the iconic photographer. Continue Reading →

James Van Der Zee’s G.G.G. Studio, Harlem, 1940′s

VanDerZeeStudio125A rare photograph of the James Van Der Zee’s studio located on the east side of Lenox Avenue between 123rd and 124th Streets, in the 1940′s.  Continue Reading →

Elder Clayhorn Martin ‘The Barefoot Prophet,’ In Harlem 1929

James Van Der Zee The Barefoot ProphetAmong the many aspects of Harlem life that VanDerZee captured on film, he is perhaps most noted for his studio portraits. Continue Reading →