Category: writer

Orson Welles and Dolores Del Rio photographed by Edward Steichen for Vogue on April 15, 1941.

Comedian Dick Gregory poses for portraits, crica 1963.

Andy Warhol and Truman Capote for High Times magazine (December 1978)

Warhol wrote about the photo shoot on September 26, 1978:

“[Toni, from High Times] had a Santa costume for me and a little girl outfit for Truman. But Truman wasn’t in the mood to go into drag, he said that he was already dressed like a little boy. Truman was really drunk, hugging around.” 

(Source: The Andy Warhol Diaries)

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

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

Jackman

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.

Andy Warhol with Taylor Mead holding an early “Flowers” canvas in Queens, New York, 1964 

Photos by William John Kennedy

American novelist Ernest Hemingway presents Fidel Castro with a trophy after he won the individual championship in The Ernest Hemingway International Billfishing Tournament on May 15, 1960. Castro caught five fish weighing 286 pounds to take the crown.

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

Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte

at a party

at Sardi’s restaurant in honor of Lorraine Hansberry’s Broadway play ‘A Raisin in the Sun’

in New York, March 1959.

Photos by Gordon Parks

Jean Harlow at home with her second husband Paul Bern, July 1932.

Jean Harlow (1911-1937) and

Paul Bern (1889-1932) married on July 1932. Paul was 22 years older than Jean. He was an agent, writer, director and producer, and was a prominent member of the MGM studios where Jean worked. He committed suicide 2 months after they married in 1932. There is speculation that he was murdered. According to several sources, Paul had lived with a woman for several years prior to his marriage. However, having mental health problems, she was put into care. She was enraged when she heard of his marriage to Jean, and so went to his home and visited him while Jean was away. Paul always carried a revolver to protect Jean. It is rumored that she used this gun to shoot Paul, then left the house and boarded a steamer. Her body was found later in a river. It was thought that she may have been Paul’s wife, and, if that was the case, Jean had participated in a bigamous marriage. However, the scandal was quickly hushed up by MGM, and suicide was the official verdict.

James Baldwin photographed by Carl Van Vechten on September 13, 1955.