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Two Women, Manikin's Hand, New York

1950, printed 1982 Roy DeCarava Born: New York, New York 1919 Died: New York, New York 2009 gelatin silver print sheet: 11 x 14 in. (27.9 x 35.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase made possible by Henry L. Milmore © 1982, Roy DeCarava 1992.15.2 Not currently on view

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DeCarava once wrote that he wanted to photograph “not the famous and well known, but the unknown and unnamed, thus revealing the roots from which spring the greatness of all human beings.” An intensely personal quality distinguishes DeCarava’s photographs, yet his subjects are never removed from the environments they inhabit. DeCarava was born in Harlem in 1919. In 1952, he became the first African American photographer to win a Guggenheim Fellowship. Temporarily freed from financial concerns, DeCarava continued taking pictures of the people of Harlem “morning, noon, and night, at work, going to work, coming home from work, at play.”

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


Cityscape - New York

Dress - accessory - scarf

Figure female - fragment - hand

Figure group

Figure group - female - bust

photography - photoprint


gelatin silver

About Roy DeCarava

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

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