Carl Van Vechten photographs, 1932-1964

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Carl Van Vechten photographs, 1932-1964

 

Carl Van Vechten photographed many of the major artists and intellectuals of the first half of the twentieth century. The importance of these images is twofold; they document a specific time and milieu in twentieth-century American history that was neglected by others and they are among some of the earliest art photography images created. While Van Vechten never created images as technically complex as some of the professional photographers of his day, a consistent artistic sensibility pervades his work. In particular, his portraits of influential African-Americans illustrate a rich artistic and intellectual era in the African-American community.

The Carl Van Vechten photographs collection at Brandeis consists of 1,689 black and white portraits and was donated in 1966 by the executor of Van Vechten's estate. While Van Vechten gave photographic collections to several universities and libraries, each one varies in scope. More information about the collection is available here. A finding aid to the collection is available here.

Requests to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department.

Preferred citation:

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Carl Van Vechten photographs, 1932-1964, Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University.

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