James Van Der Zee I had to dedicate a post to Harlem Renaissance photographer James Augustus Joseph Van Der Zee. Born on June 1886 in Lenox, Massachusetts, James Van Der Zee became the most sought after photographer during the.
Old Chicago State street. When we couldn't find something, as kids, my mother would always tell us it was "walking down State Street. " We just thought it was an odd expression she used until we discovered the origins. She had grown up in Chicago.