Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) was an American writer and photographer who had a strong interest in African-American culture. He wrote extensively on the music and literature of the Harlem Renaissance in Vanity Fair magazine and the New York Times. Van Vechten was also an influential patron of many black writers, including Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen.
This two-volume portfolio of photographs by Carl Van Vechten contains fifty 9 x 6 inch photogravure portraits of African-American artists, actors, writers, musicians, activists, politicians, diplomats, intellectuals and athletes. The portraits, which were originally taken between 1932-1962, are printed on paper with a letterpress caption providing biographical information, dates and a brief excerpt from a related work.
'O, write my name' [graphic], Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution