Friday, October 14, 2011

Portraits Of Notable African Americans By Photographer Carl Van Vechten

A new digital initiative at the Beinecke Library will scan several thousand color slides of portraits of notable African Americans by photographer Carl Van Vechten. The images, hundreds of which are already available, will be added to the Beinecke’s Digital Library. Carl Van Vechten’s black and white photographs of African American poets, playwrights, musicians, dancers, artists, thinkers, and others are well known and highly regarded. Because he didn’t print his color photographs, however, these images have never been widely viewed and are publicly available now for the first time.

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