Carl Van Vechten(1880-1964), Critic, novelist and photographer
Artist of 17 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). A champion of African American culture, Van Vetchen created an important visual record of the major cultural figures of his time.
by Carl Van Vechten
vintage gelatin silver print, 28 May 1934