Carl Van Vechten’s Circle

AMONG the folks whom Carl Van Vechten, photographer, writer and perhaps most famously patron of Harlem Renaissance writers, the two who remained most loyal, despite Van Vechten’s complicated profile, were Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes.

These two shots of Hurston and Hughes, respectively, are part of the tremendous Van Vechten archive. My piece about Emily Bernard’s powerful soul-searching and new book is out today in the L.A. Times. You can find it here.