Two Women, Manikin’s Hand, New York

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  • Roy DeCarava, Two Women, Manikin's Hand, New York, 1950, printed 1982, gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by Henry L. Milmore, 1992.15.2, © 1982, Roy DeCarava

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
Two Women, Manikin’s Hand, New York
1950, printed 1982
Not on view
sheet: 1114 in. (27.935.5 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase made possible by Henry L. Milmore

Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
  • Cityscape – New York
  • Figure group
  • Figure group – female – bust
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