Generations In Black And White: Photographs From The James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection
by Carl Van Vechten
Publication Date: Dec 01, 1993
List Price: $29.95 (store prices may vary)
Page Count: 208
Imprint: University of Georgia Press
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Parent Company: University of Georgia
What makes this book so fascinating is the number of photographs it contains of the most important personalities of the Harlem Renaissance. This treasure of a book contains photographs of many of the AA authors highlighted on this web site; including W. E. B. Du Bois, Claude McKay, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Arna Bontemps, Countee Cullen, Richard Wright, Ann Petry, John O. Killens, and James Baldwin. -- AALBC.com
This portfolio of eighty-three photographs constitutes a stunning celebration of African American achievement in the twentieth century. Carl Van Vechten, a longtime patron of black writers and artists, took these photographs over the course of three decades—primarily as gifts to his subjects, such luminaries as W. E. B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Joe Louis, James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Ruby Dee, Lena Horne, and James Earl Jones.The photographs Rudolph P. Byrd has selected for this volume come from the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of Negro Arts and Letters, which Van Vechten established at Yale University. Byrd has arranged the images chronologically, according to the time at which each subject emerged as a vital presence in African American tradition.Complementing the photographs are a substantial introduction by Byrd, biographical sketches of each subject, and poems by the noted writer Michael S. Harper. The result is a volume of beauty and power, a record of black excellence that will engage and inform new generations.
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