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Mississippi Freedom Marcher, Washington, DC

1963, printed 1982 Roy DeCarava Born: New York, New York 1919 Died: New York, New York 2009 gelatin silver print sheet: 10 7/8 x 13 7/8 in. (27.6 x 35.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase made possible by Henry L. Milmore © 1982, Roy DeCarava 1992.15.1 Not currently on view


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In the 1950s and 1960s, DeCarava traveled throughout the northeast and the south working as a freelance photographer, an experience that gave him the opportunity to observe the civil rights movement firsthand. DeCarava’s skill with portraiture is notable in Mississippi Freedom Marcher. The subtle gray tonality and close focus establish a sense of emotional intimacy between viewer and subject.


African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012

Keywords

Cityscape - District of Columbia - Washington

Ethnic - African-American

Figure female

History - United States - Black History

History - United States - Civil Rights Movement

History - United States - Mississippi

photography - photoprint

paper

gelatin silver

About Roy DeCarava

Born: New York, New York 1919 Died: New York, New York 2009

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