Harlem Heroes: Photographs by Carl Van Vechten

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Author and social commentator Carl Van Vechten (1880–1964) began taking photographs in 1932. Over the next three decades he made portraits of writers, musicians, athletes, politicians and others, many of them central figures in the Harlem Renaissance, whose accomplishments dazzled contemporary audiences and, ultimately transformed American culture in the mid-twentieth century. In 1980, concerned that Van Vechten’s fragile 35 mm nitrate negatives were fast deteriorating, photographer Richard Benson, in conjunction with the Eakins Press Foundation, transformed fifty into handmade gravure prints. The album ’O Write My Name’: American Portraits, Harlem Heroes was completed in 1983.Author and social commentator Carl Van Vechten (1880–1964) began taking photographs in 1932. Over the next three decades he made portraits of writers, musicians, athletes, politicians and others, many of them central figures in the Harlem Renaissance, whose accomplishments dazzled contemporary audiences and, ultimately transformed American culture in the mid-twentieth century. In 1980, concerned that Van Vechten’s fragile 35 mm nitrate negatives were fast deteriorating, photographer Richard Benson, in conjunction with the Eakins Press Foundation, transformed fifty into handmade gravure prints. The album ’O Write My Name’: American Portraits, Harlem Heroes was completed in 1983.CreditHarlem Heroes: Photographs by Carl Van Vechten is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The exhibition is presented in celebration of the 2016 Grand Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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Harlem Heroes: Photographs by Carl Van Vechten Smithsonian American Art Museum Main address: Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th and G Sts NW DC 20004 Washington, United states Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th and G Sts NW DC 20004 Washington, United states Author and social commentator Carl Van Vechten (1880–1964) began taking photographs in 1932. Over the next three decades he made portraits of writers, musicians, athletes, politicians and others, many of them central figures in the Harlem Renaissance, whose accomplishments dazzled contemporary audiences and, ultimately transformed American culture in the mid-twentieth century. In 1980, concerned that Van Vechten’s fragile 35 mm nitrate negatives were fast deteriorating, photographer Richard Benson, in conjunction with the Eakins Press Foundation, transformed fifty into handmade gravure prints. The album ’O Write My Name’: American Portraits, Harlem Heroes was completed in 1983.Author and social commentator Carl Van Vechten (1880–1964) began taking photographs in 1932. Over the next three decades he made portraits of writers, musicians, athletes, politicians and others, many of them central figures in the Harlem Renaissance, whose accomplishments dazzled contemporary audiences and, ultimately transformed American culture in the mid-twentieth century. In 1980, concerned that Van Vechten’s fragile 35 mm nitrate negatives were fast deteriorating, photographer Richard Benson, in conjunction with the Eakins Press Foundation, transformed fifty into handmade gravure prints. The album ’O Write My Name’: American Portraits, Harlem Heroes was completed in 1983.CreditHarlem Heroes: Photographs by Carl Van Vechten is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The exhibition is presented in celebration of the 2016 Grand Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Book tickets