Original Photo[HUGHES, Langston] DRAPER, Louis H.; photographer. Contact sheet with 28 positive images of Langston Hughes in his office. Silver print, 14” x 11” inches. [New York], circa 1962.
Most images show Hughes in a short-sleeved shirt in his office, some of them working on his typewriter. A copy of his 1962 book Fight for Freedom can be seen on his desk. In 4 images, Hughes is proudly displaying a poster for a 1962 Italian performance of his Black Nativity. In the final 10 images, Hughes has donned a jacket and tie. The photographs were taken by noted African-American photographer Louis H. Draper, who has been the subject of increased interest in recent years. One of these images was used to illustrate a New York Times story on Draper. Minimal wear. The Fine Art Museum of Virginia owns a smaller contact sheet from this same session, donated by Draper. No other copies of this contact sheet are known to exist and due to the hands-on process involved in its creation, it’s unlikely there is any identical collage in existence.