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Collection Photo, Print, Drawing Portrait photographs of celebrities

About this Item

Title

  • Portrait photographs of celebrities

Summary

  • Primarily studio portraits of people involved in the arts, including musicians; dancers; artists; literati; theatrical, film, and television actors and actresses. Includes black entertainers, particularly those associated with the Harlem Renaissance. Also includes a few athletes, statesmen, and publishers, as well as portraits of Van Vechten, including one self-portrait. Most are individual portraits, but also includes some group portraits. Sitters represented in ten or more photos are: Judith Anderson, Tallulah Bankhead, Anton Dolin, Ram Gopal, Hugh Laing, Alicia Markova, and Ethel Waters.

Names

  • Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964, photographer
  • Lutz, Mark, 1901-1969, photographer
  • Taylor, Prentiss, 1907-1991, photographer

Created / Published

  • 1932-1964.

Headings

  • -  Van Vechten, Carl,--1880-1964
  • -  Anderson, Judith,--1897-1992
  • -  Bankhead, Tallulah,--1902-1968
  • -  Dolin, Anton,--1904
  • -  Ram Gopal,--1917
  • -  Laing, Hugh
  • -  Markova, Alicia,--Dame,--1910-2004
  • -  Waters, Ethel,--1896-1977
  • -  Artists--1930-1970
  • -  Dancers--1930-1970
  • -  Authors--1930-1970
  • -  Musicians--1930-1970
  • -  Actors--1930-1970
  • -  Actresses--1930-1970
  • -  Athletes--1930-1970
  • -  Statesmen--1930-1970
  • -  Publishers--1930-1970
  • -  Celebrities--1930-1970
  • -  African Americans--1930-1970
  • -  Harlem Renaissance

Headings

  • Gelatin silver prints--1930-1970.
  • Group portraits--1930-1970.
  • Portrait photographs--1930-1970.
  • Self-portraits--1930-1970.

Genre

  • Portrait photographs--1930-1970
  • Group portraits--1930-1970
  • Self-portraits--1930-1970
  • Gelatin silver prints--1930-1970

Notes

  • -  Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically by sitter.
  • -  Primarily known as a music and dance critic and novelist, Van Vechten gained a reputation as a theatrical and society photographer. Many of the sitters were acquaintances of Van Vechten; he photographed them in his studio, in private sittings, and also at social gatherings.
  • -  Finding aid available in Prints and Photographs Reading Room, filed by lot number, and on microfilm of the photos; lists sitters, date of photograph, and Van Vechten number.
  • -  Title devised. Brief captions, including name of sitter, date of photo, and Van Vechten number penned or pencilled on versos of photos. Blind stamp with photographer's name on many photos; photographer's stamp on versos of many.
  • -  Most photos taken and probably printed by Carl Van Vechten. Some photos of Van Vechten taken by Mark Lutz, Prentiss Taylor, and, possibly, Saul Mauriber.
  • -  Gift, Carl Van Vechten estate, 1966.
  • -  Forms part of: Carl Van Vechten photograph collection (Library of Congress).

Medium

  • 1,310 photoprints : gelatin silver ; 28 x 35 cm. or smaller.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • LOT 12735 (H) USE MICROFILM [P&P]

Source Collection

  • Van Vechten, Carl, 1880-1964. Carl Van Vechten photograph collection (Library of Congress)

Repository

  • Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 89715440

Access Advisory

Online Format

  • image

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Chicago citation style:

Van Vechten, Carl, Mark Lutz, and Prentiss Taylor, photographer. Portrait Photographs of Celebrities. , 1932. to 1964. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/89715440/.

APA citation style:

Van Vechten, C., Lutz, M. & Taylor, P., photographer. (1932) Portrait Photographs of Celebrities. , 1932. to 1964. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/89715440/.

MLA citation style:

Van Vechten, Carl, Mark Lutz, and Prentiss Taylor, photographer. Portrait Photographs of Celebrities. to 1964. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/89715440/>.