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Roy DeCarava (American, 1919- ) )

Roy DeCarava photographs African-American culture from an African-American viewpoint. Born in New York City, he grew up in Harlem during the Black Cultural Renaissance of the 1940s and studied painting at the Cooper Union School of Art. At the Harlem Art Center he met poet Langston Hughes, with whom he collaborated on The Sweet Flypaper of Life (1955), a poetic document of life in Harlem. In 1950, Edward Steichen acquired two of his works for the Museum of Modern Art exhibition "The Family of Man." DeCarava began teaching at Hunter College in 1975 and published The Sound I Saw, a book about jazz musicians, in 2001.
- Mary Feidt

Selected Bibliography
Davis, Keith F. An American Century of Photography: From Dry-Plate to Digital. Kansas City, Mo.: Hallmark Cards, Inc., 1995.

Friends of Photography. Roy DeCarava Photographs. Massachusetts: St. James Press, 1981.

Galassi, Peter. Roy DeCarava: A Retrospective. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1996.


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