3 from Carl Van Vechten

Cab Calloway ©Carl Van Vechten,1933

It’s been quite a few years since I first viewed the photographs of Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) when they were on loan to the Detroit Institute of Arts. I purchased the book that went along with the exhibition called, “The Passionate Observer” and I love re-visiting his photographs on a Sunday afternoon, usually in winter for some reason. Carl worked for thirty years taking photographs of the prominent painters, writers, actors, and musicians of his time, some 15,000 photographs between 1932 and 1964.

Anna May Wong ©Carl Van Vechten,1932

Salvador Dali & Man Ray ©Carl Van Vechten,1934

All photographs from “The Passionate Observer” ©Carl Van Vechten,1993


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