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Reaching back to February 2010

Carl Van Vechten was an interesting man who, starting in the 1930s, photographed just about anyone who was young, gifted and black. He also wrote flowery prose and a controversial novel, all while living a privileged life in Manhattan. John Hammond was jealous of him, celebrities were made to feel at home with him. He was Carlo, and there were no duplicates. Here, as we dip back to the early months of this blog, are a couple of posts on Mr. Van Vechten that you might have missed. This will take you to Part I and this to Part II.