Louis Draper met Langston Hughes in 1961 when he became a tenant in Hughes’ brownstone in Harlem. Over time Hughes became a mentor to Draper, inroducing him to many artists and prominent contributors of the Harlem Renaissance. Hughes often shared books on Black History, Africa and black culture with Draper. He also shared his insight and knowledge on writing which inspired Draper to pursue his own interest in writing screenplays.
Hughes’ experiences among the camaraderie of black writers and artists during the Harlem Renaissance possibly inspired Draper to take similar action toward creating an organization of black photographers that would promote their voices and work. Kamoinge was formed in 1963. (More to come on Kamoinge!)
(Thanks to Cheryl Pelt for her contributions to this post.)