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October 30, 2009


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O.K., well that was really creepy,lol. I remember in the movie "The Others" with Nicole Kidman they did that, photograph the dead sitting up as if there were just sleeping or had dozed off. Sent shivers up my spine. Dead people totally creep me out.

But I would love to see some of VanDerZee's Harlem photographs. That was such a beautiful period for African-Americans or at least I imagine it to be. It's always a pleasure to see them dressed and being "American".

You are totally plying your craft, man!! When you can take your skill and apply it to just about any subject with the same, if not macabre, skill and aplomb, you workin' it, lol.


Thomas, thank you for your comments and your continued support of this blog!

I'm really trying to refrain from going off on a tangent about The Others, because it's one of my favorite modern movies! I will admit that that's when I first became fascinated with the subject matter, though - a mix of fascination and repulsion! Doing this post was most therapeutic and I'm experiencing a sense of freedom and release from it.

PS: The book, VanDerZee: Photographer, by Deborah Willis-Braithwait is the "bible" you'll want to see on his photography - even though there are several others!


Yup,Corey, I can always count on you! You are like an encyclopedia all by yourself, lol.


I had to link this to my blog so everyone could come and read this it is just phenominal. I have read this blog twice and am always checking my RSS to see when hes updated....Love your work


Jahlaune! THANK YOU for the love! I really wanted to do this post, but on the other hand, I was nervous about it, too! I'm recognizing it's not for everyone for various reasons, so I appreciate the kind words!

We Shall Overcome...In Couture!

Hi, Corey! I found your blog while searching for info on Belle da Costa Greene.

Amazing post! I'm a big fan of James VanDerZee's work. Good to know there are other fans of Mr. VanDerZee out here in the blogosphere. Although Mr. VanDerZee's death photos make me nervous, I can't stop looking at them! They're haunting, yet fascinating, especially the ones where he superimposed pictures of deceased when he/she was alive to the death pictures. Just...wow!

Keep up the good work! :-)


Fantastic photos Corey! Thank you for sharing :-) i find the baby and it's dad particularly moving... what a gentle loving capture.

I love post mortem photos...a fantastic social history study.

Juanita McCowan

This is very interesting. I will be looking at your blogs. My Husbands cousin sent me the link. Thank you!

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I have hear some stories about this, this guy was a very popular photographer and also some people say that in photos he took appeared some spirits next to the dead bodies.


Seeing the photo of the father looking down at his lost child is enough to break the hardest of men. Yet this man has a look of emotions unknown- almost as if he is saying "My dear child, you are in a better place now". We will never know the pain that was going through the mind, heart and soul of this dapper gent. May he and his child know heavenly peace....

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