James Van Der Zee photographs Eubie Blake

Photograph by
Loengard, John, American, born 1934
Subject of
Blake, Eubie, American, 1887 - 1983
Van Der Zee, James, American, 1886 - 1983
Date
1981
Medium
silver and photographic gelatin on photographic paper
Dimensions
H x W (sheet): 16 × 19 7/8 in. (40.6 × 50.5 cm)
H x W (image): 11 11/16 × 17 7/8 in. (29.7 × 45.4 cm)
Description
This gelatin silver print depicts a crowded room of bystanders, lined along the left and right sides of the frame, observing and capturing the process of the centrally placed photographer, James Van Der Zee, as he photographs Eubie Blake. The central point of focus in the image is Eubie Blake who remains seated in the glow of deliberately placed studio lighting fixtures in front of a backdrop used to create the illusion of an elaborate interior room. Van Der Zee sits on a stool in the foreground of the image, mostly in silhouette, with his PL arm reaching to adjust the standing camera just left of the center of the image. A woman stands behind Van Der Zee's camera to assist his process and is slightly out of focus.
Classification
Media Arts-Photography
Type
gelatin silver prints
Topic
Jazz (Music)
Photography
U.S. History, 1969-2001
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2014.166.8
Restrictions & Rights
© John Loengard. Permission required for use.
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd59a0f96a3-f062-4164-a88c-d77e1d4c5398
2 image(s)