Harlem, (left) 1930-31. Silver gelatin print. 24 1//4 x 20 1/4
Mme. Aubin, Saint Barthelemy, 1980's. Silver Gelatin Print. 20
1/4 x 16 1/4 inches.
Easter Parade, New York City, 1982. Silver Gelatin Print, 24 1/4
x 20 1/4 inches.
Born in New York City.
Gladys Lander grew up in Harlem during the 1920s. She began taking photographs
in her mid-teens and eventually studied at Parsons School of Design. Her
studies included fine art painting and "commercial" photography. After
her three children started school, she focused again on painting in watercolors.
Eventually she pursued medium-format (4x4-inch negatives) photography
at the New School in New York. Encouraged by her first instructor, she
continued to expand her knowledge of printing and developing and built
her own darkroom.
No matter what medium, Lander feels compelled to depict the human form.
In Harlem, done as a teenager, she documents her life growing up
in Harlem. Later prints like Madame Aubin and Easter Parade,
New York City reflect the change in times but a consistent fascination