Carl Van Vechten

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The Passionate Observer: Photographs by Carl Van Vechten
by Keith F. Davis
Amazon.com Review
Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) was a starstruck Midwesterner who led a colorful life, a social butterfly who established himself as a music and theater critic before enjoying success as a novelist in the 1920s. When the Leica revolutionized photography in the early 1930s, the amateur shutterbug embraced the rapid-fire 35mm camera and reinvented himself as a celebrity portraitist. Keith Davis discusses Van Vechten's evocative work in crisp, distinctive prose that is the perfect complement to the artist's dynamic black-and-white images. Gertrude Stein, Bessie Smith, George Gershwin, Frida Kahlo, and Paul Robeson are among the personalities who paraded through his makeshift apartment studio.
Publisher's Description
"In his thirty years of activity with the camera, Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) produced a uniquely important body of work. The 15,000 photographs he made between 1932 and 1964 constitute a remarkable visual catalogue of leaders of modern arts and letters."--the publisher. Van Vechten's black-and-white portraits are remarkable in there casual intimacy and clear beauty.
ISBN: 0875296688
Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
Hardcover : 120 pages
Language: English
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