Category: literature


W.E.B. Du Bois photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1946.  


Langston Hughes photographed by Carl Van Vechten on March 8, 1939.     

Langston Hughes photographed by Carl Van Vechten on March 8, 1939.     

John Lennon and Yoko Ono in Selfridges department store in London to promote the publication of the 2nd edition of Yoko’s book Grapefruit

in 1971.


Keith Haring, William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin photographed by Tseng Kwong Chi, 1985.

Harold Jackman photographed by Carl Van Vechten in 1932 and 1940.

Harold Jackman (1901-1961) was a teacher, model, actor, writer, and patron.


was a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance.

He encouraged his artistic friends and helped them make connections with those who could further their careers.

His life long interest in documenting African American cultural life resulted in his recreation of what is now the Harold Jackman Countee Cullen Memorial Collection located at Robert Woodruff Library in Atlanta. Jackman was born in London to a West Indian mother and an unidentified father.

He attended the prestigious DeWitt Clinton High School, a predominately white, all boys school

in New York. In 1918, at school he met the man who would soon become known as Harlem’s first poet laureate, Countee Cullen. Jackman earned a B. A. from New York University and eventually received a Masters from Columbia University.  He was active in many organizations like the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the Urban League and the Negro Actors Guild, where he served on the executive board. For 30 years, Jackman taught social studies in the New York public school system. He loved to travel and became sexually involved with the writer, Edouard Roditi, in France.

Jackman’s diaries and collections are now considered some of the most important resources for writers and historians.


Keith Haring, William S. Burroughs


John Giorno in Lawrence, Kansas, 1987.

In September of 1987 a group of visionary poets, artists, and performers representative of the cultural and literary movement known as the Beat Generation gathered in Lawrence, Kansas for a week-long literary festival of readings and diverse activities.

William S. Burroughs, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Debbie Harry photographed by Victor Bockris, December 1986.

David Bowie and William S. Burroughs photographed by Terry O’Neill, November 1973.

Maya Angelou, Alex Haley and

Levar Burton

on set of the ABC-TV miniseries Roots (1977) 

Maya Angelou plays Yaisa, the grandmother of Kunta Kinte, played by Levar Burton.