PHOTOGRAPHY - Carl Van Vechten photographs Billie Holiday
(as retold by Bruce Kellner and Nancy Kuhl of E xtravagant Crowd)
Of the many famous and fashionable people Carl Van Vechten photographed, his session with Billie Holiday was among the most memorable. “I spent only one night photographing Billie Holiday,” he wrote, “but it was the whole of one night and it seemed like a whole career.”The session began badly. Gerry Major had arranged the meeting, and had asked Holiday to wear a gown for the sitting. Holiday, however, arrived “at the appointed hour in a plain gray suit and facial expression equally depressing."
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