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"The Harlem Book of the Dead is a beautiful, disturbing volume from the 1920s through the 1960s the funerary photographer James Van Der Zee shot the Harlem dead."

Synopsis by Ron Grimes
Hardcover, 85 pages
Published January 1st 1978 by Morgan & Morgan, Inc.
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Dixie Diamond
The pictures in this, and the interview of Mr. Van Der Zee, are fascinating. It loses a star because the pictures are reproduced in artistic but detail-obscuring sienna tones and because the poetry that accompanies the photographs isn't that great. Additionally, the interviewer pressed odd, ill-informed, and irrelevant questions, such as hounding Van Der Zee on whether he thought God might be female and why not, and why corpses were not posed with their eyes open if the funeral parlors wished th ...more
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This was a neat little book. It was really interesting to read about his life back in the day.
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