Generations in Black and White: Photographs of Carl Van Vechten.
Whether Carl Van Vechten, a major patron of the Harlem Renaissance, was also patronizing is not at issue in this coffee-table book of his photographic portraits of the African-American cultural elite. Each two-page spread includes a left-hand-side brief biography and a right-hand-side full-page black-and-white photograph of everyone from a seventy-eight-year-old W.E.B. DuBois (taken in 1946) to a twenty-year-old Diahann Carroll (1955). And in between James Earl Jones, Billie Holiday, Alvin Ailey, Marian Anderson, Leontyne Price, Mary McLeod Bethune -- eighty-three portraits in all, and every subject a legend.