Carl Van Vechten
Celebrating Carl Van Vechten, founder of the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection, one valediction at a time.
September 9, 2016
Lena Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010), photographed by Carl Van Vechten, September 15, 1941. Photographs by Carl Van Vechten are used with permission of the Van Vechten Trust; the permission of the Trust is required to reprint or use Van Vechten photographs in any way. To contact the Trust email: Van Vechten Trust.
May 10, 2010
Photographs of dancer and choreographer Pearl Primus dancing "Hard Time Blues," her dance based on a folk song about sharecropping by singer Josh White. Primus was well known and widely celebrated for her dance performances based on important African American poems and songs, including "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" by Langston Hughes and "Strange Fruit" by Lewis Allen. Photographs by Carl Van Vechten, 1943.
May 28, 2008