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[Photographs]

Title
[Photographs] / Carl Van Vechten.
Author
Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964
Publication
1932-1962.

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Description
  • 71 items (.2 cubic ft., one box); 26 x 21 cm and smaller
  • 49 photographic prints : gelatin silver, black and white ;
  • 21 photographic postcards : gelatin silver, black and white ;
  • 1 postcard : halftone photomechanical, black and white ;
Summary
  • Depictions primarily of persons of African descent who were active in the performing arts, music and writing professions, in Harlem, New York, during the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s, consisting mainly of studio portraits, full-length to head shots, taken in the photographer's studio. Some portraits were captured outdoors, or were taken as candid shots. Among the individuals depicted are singers Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Muriel Rahn; writers Countee Cullen, Harold Jackman, and Richard Wright; and dancer Pearl Primus and Broadway actress Juanita Hall re-enacting their stage performances.
  • Other individuals depicted are Van Vechten, with Waters; Van Vechten's wife Fania Marinoff, in St. Vincent; Guyanese writer Edgar Mittelholzer; Danish writer Karen von Blixen-Finecke; and Haitian officials and writers Pradel Pompilus, Jean-Fernand Brierre and Camille Lhérisson, in Haiti. Also included are portraits of lesser-known individuals; and views of statues, a still life, a bust of James Weldon Johnson by Augusta Savage, and the exterior of the Carl Van Vechten Gallery at Fisk University (1951). An additional collection of Van Vechten's photographic postcards is located in the Schuyler Family Collection.
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Portrait photographs – 1930-1959.
  • Gelatin silver prints – 1930-1959.
  • Photographic postcards – 1930-1959.
Note
  • Title devised by cataloger.
  • Most prints and postcards bear photographer's blind stamp; most prints bear photographer's hand stamp on verso. Some items bear photographer's signature and handwritten captions on verso; most postcards bear handwritten correspondence from photographer on verso.
  • Some items bear handwritten captions on verso; two items bear printed captions on recto. Some items bear inscriptions from other individuals. Some items have typewritten actor résumés attached to verso; one item has printed holiday greeting attached to verso. Some items are cropped; some items bear cropping and retouching marks. Some items are duplicates.
  • Many photographic postcards written by Van Vechten to friends, including Langston Hughes and Harold Jackman, are signed from "Carlo."
Terms of Use (note)
  • Collection is under copyright; permission of the copyright holder is required for duplication.
Biography (note)
  • Carl Van Vechten, 1880-1964, was an American photographer and writer who was a patron of the Harlem Renaissance. Initially a modern dance critic for the New York Times (1907-09), and subsequently a music and literature essayist and novelist during the 1910s to 1930s, Van Vechten began taking portrait photographs around 1932. Though many of his subjects were artists, performers and writers associated with the Harlem Renaissance, Van Vechten also photographed national and international figures in the visual and performing arts and the literary profession, either in his home photo studio in New York, at private and social settings, or in his travels abroad, until his death in 1964.
Call Number
Sc Photo Portfolio (Van Vechten, C.)
OCLC
1285002329
Author
Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964, photographer.
Title
[Photographs] / Carl Van Vechten.
Production
1932-1962.
Type of Content
still image
Type of Medium
unmediated
Type of Carrier
sheet
Terms Of Use
Collection is under copyright; permission of the copyright holder is required for duplication.
Biography
Carl Van Vechten, 1880-1964, was an American photographer and writer who was a patron of the Harlem Renaissance. Initially a modern dance critic for the New York Times (1907-09), and subsequently a music and literature essayist and novelist during the 1910s to 1930s, Van Vechten began taking portrait photographs around 1932. Though many of his subjects were artists, performers and writers associated with the Harlem Renaissance, Van Vechten also photographed national and international figures in the visual and performing arts and the literary profession, either in his home photo studio in New York, at private and social settings, or in his travels abroad, until his death in 1964.
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