Roy DeCarava, 89; Celebrated N.Y. photographer

Photographer acclaimed for haunting Harlem images

Roy DeCarava, 89, whose intimate, often melancholy black-and-white images of Harlem life made him one of the most respected photographers of his century, died Oct. 27 in New York. His family declined to provide the cause of death.

Mr. DeCarava spent most of his career working near his birthplace in Harlem as he focused his cameras on lonely children, tired workers, expressive jazz musicians and bleak street corners. He collaborated with poet Langston Hughes on a highly praised book, “Sweet Flypaper of Life,” in 1955 and received early encouragement from Edward Steichen, one of the formative figures of photography as an art form.

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2 thoughts on “Roy DeCarava, 89; Celebrated N.Y. photographer

  1. A tremendous talent, an incredible man, an inspiring mentor. The world and the arts have lost a true master.

    Greatest photographer of all times, Roy was ahead of his time. The impact of his work and legacy will live forever.

    His work, his teachings and his kindness will always be with me. I feel lucky to have known Roy DeCarava. He believed in me and helped me discover my potential. I owe him who I am today.

    Roy, I am forever grateful, RIP.

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