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The Passionate Observer: Photographs by Carl Van Vechten 
 
  
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University of New Mexico Press 
Published 1993 
  
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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.
 
  
 
  

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Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance: A Critical Assessment (Studies in African American History and Culture) 
  
Leon Coleman
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The Passionate Observer: Photographs by Carl Van Vechten 
  
Keith F. Davis; Van Vechten (Photographer); & Hallmark Cards Inc.
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Slumming in New York: From the Waterfront to Mythic Harlem 
  
Robert Dowling (Author)
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Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten, 1925-1964 
  
Langston Hughes; Van Vechten; & Emily Bernard (Editor)
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Remember Me to Harlem: The Letters of Langston Hughes and Carl Van Vechten 
  
Langston Hughes; Van Vechten; & Emily Bernard (Editor)
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A Bibliography of the Work of Carl Van Vechten 
  
Bruce Kellner
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The Splendid Drunken Twenties: Selections from the Daybooks, 1922-1930 
  
Van Vechten; & Bruce Kellner (Editor)
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Nigger Heaven 
  
Van Vechten; & Kathleen Pfeiffer (Introduction)
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The Tiger in the House 
  
Carl Van Vechten
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Flashes of Genius: African American Portraits by Carl Van Vechten: A Book of Postcards 
  
Carl Van Vechten
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