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Published on Jan 14, 2009
James Latimer Allen (1907-1977) grew up in New York City during the Harlem renaissance of black culture. At the age of 16, he began an apprenticeship in photography. In 1927, Allen submitted his work for exhibition, gaining recognition among Harlem's cultural leaders and the Harmon Foundation. Allen photographed exhibition installations and individual artworks for the Harmon Foundation, and portraits of artists at work in the Harlem Community Art Center.