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Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964), Critic, novelist and photographer
Artist of 12 portraits
American essayist and novelist of Nigger Heaven (1926); took up photography in 1932, aged 51, aiming to portray all the leading creative talent of his era. Worked in makeshift studio apartment with a Leica, using painted backdrops inspired by Matisse, took over 15,000 photographs (1932-64).
by Carl Van Vechten
vintage gelatin silver print, 28 May 1934