Roy DeCaravaLingerie, New York
gelatin silver print
10 7/8 x 14 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, purchase made possible by Henry L. Milmore
It's almost like you are redefining a situation, saying that this is more than what it isRoy DeCarava has approached photography with this goal in mind for more than fifty years. Harlem's stoops, fire escapes, and windows provide an urban stage set for these surprisingly somber playmates. Like their white shirts, the tiny sign, La Blanche [white] Lingerie catches our eye. The boys are oblivious to the sign's subtle comment on gender and race.