Portraits by Carl Van Vechten


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Ella Fitzgerald.
[Detail] Portrait of Ella Fitzgerald.
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The Carl Van Vechten Photographs Collection at the Library of Congress consists of 1,395 photographs taken by American photographer Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) between 1932 and 1964. The bulk of the collection consists of portrait photographs of celebrities, including many figures from the Harlem Renaissance. A much smaller portion of the collection is an assortment of American landscapes.


Van Vechten Year by Year


The Life of Van Vechten