Chester Himes (1909-1984), writer and 1958 winner of France's Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere. Photograph by Carl Van Vechten in 1946.
Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996), "The First Lady of Song" began her career in Harlem. Photograph by Carl Van Vechten, taken in 1940.
Miguel Covarrubias (1904-1957), Mexican painter, caricaturist and illustrator. His art was highly influential in America during the Harlem Renaissance.
Billie Holiday (1915-1959), "Lady Day." Photograph by Carl Van Vechten was taken in 1949.
James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938), author, educator, lawyer and diplomat. He was best known for his leadership in the NAACP. Photograph by Carl Van Vechten was taken in 1932.
Nora Holt (1890-1974), American singer, composer and music critic, was the first African American to receive a master's degree in the United States. She was the co-founder of the National Association of Negro Musicians. Photograph taken by Carl Van Vechten in 1932.