JAMES VAN DER ZEE - GREAT PHOTOGRAPHER DOCUMENTS HISTORY OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS (slide show) James Van Der Zee was born in 1886. He died on May 15, 1983. Van Der Zee was best known for his portraits of Black New Yorkers and was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Van Der Zee produced the most comprehensive documentation of the period. Among his most famous subjects during this time were Marcus Garvey, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson and Countee Cullen. 1- Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr. (Publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, Black Nationalist, Pan-Africanist, orator and leader. Organized the largest African American organization in history, then or now: Universal Negro Improvement Association). 2 - Florence Mills (The first African-American international super star; singer, dancer, and comedian). 3 - The Alpha Phi Alpha Basketball Team (Alpha Phi Alpha was founded in 1906 at Cornell University. The first intercollegiate Greek-letter organization established by African-Americans). 4 - Debutant. 5 - Lady at the Piano. 6 - Barefoot Prophet, Elder Clayhorn Martin (Also known as Prophet Martin, an eccentric street preacher). 7 - Jean-Mechel Basquait (Said to be the first artist of African descent to become an international art star, in the tradition of Andy Warhol. Started as a graffiti artist and produced Neo-expressionist paintings.) 8 - James Van Der Zee in 1983, the year of his passing.