Generations in Black and White.
Photographs by Carl Van Vechten from the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection.


Edited with an introduction by Rudolph P. Byrd. Poems by Michael S. Harper.
University of Georgia Press, Athens, 1993. 172 pp., 83 black-and-white illustrations, 8½x11".

"This portfolio of eighty-three photographs constitutes a stunning celebration of African American achievement in the twentieth century. Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964), a longtime patron of black writers and artists, took these photographs over the course of three decades--primarily as gifts to his subjects, who included such famous figures as W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Bessie Smith, Joe Louis, Richard Wright, Ruby Dee, James Baldwin, Lena Horne, and James Earl Jones. . .Complementing the photographs is a text that includes 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."--the publisher.

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