Carl Van Vechten

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Birthday
17, 1880
Birthplace
Iowa
Death Date
Dec 21, 1964 (84)
Birth Sign
Gemini
Birthday
17, 1880
Birthplace
Iowa
Death Date
Dec 21, 1964 (84)

About

Author, music critic, and portrait photographer who was one of the main promoters of the Harlem Renaissance. He was also the literary executor of Gertrude Stein.

Before Fame

He studied at the University of Chicago and went on to work as a music critic for The New York Times.

Trivia

He served as a patron of African-American, Harlem-based artists of the 1920s and was also a founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Family Life

He was born into an affluent and politically liberal family in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was married twice, although he was likely homosexual or bisexual.

Associated With

He photographed the African-American blues singer Bessie Smith and many of her contemporaries.