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Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Graca Machel.
They were sooo beautiful!!! I was wondering who else caught that.
“The Dancers”, Roy DeCarava
This 1956 Harlem photograph tormented him. The two male dancers, he said, reminded him so much of “the real life experience of blacks in their need to put themselves in an awkward position before The Man, for The Man; to demean themselves in order to survive.” Yet, he said, “there is something in the figures not about that; something in the figures that is very creative, that is very real and very black in the finest sense of the word.”
Old dusty tenement hallway…hints at the poverty at the end of it
(Woman with children at intersection, New York, 1952)
Entering the gallery at MoMA. My eyes couldn’t believe the vision. It was as if he walked out of his own photograph. In a empty gallery, completely alone, standing in the middle of his own retrospective. I found the Titan, Master Photographer, and Guggenheim Recipient! I strolled over not knowing what to expect. Smiling I introduced myself. He threw his arms around me and hugged me tight, laughing like he knew me forever. Time slowed down and we talked about a number of things. In that moment I had him all to myself. Just as suddenly it was over. Museum goers would rush in and gush over him like he was a Rock Star. - NF
Happy Birthday Roy DeCarava
Roy DeCarava was born December 9, 1919 in Harlem, New York. Growing up, DeCarava was frustrated with the way people of color were portrayed in photography and other media. Through his own work, DeCarava fought to address the issue of black representation in photography, capturing candid, everyday life in Harlem. Reflecting on DeCarava’s death in 2009, The New York Times described him as an “Harlem Insider Who Photographed Ordinary Life.”
The legacy that DeCarava leaves behind, however, is far from ordinary. In 1952, DeCarava became the first African American to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2006, George W. Bush presented DeCarava with the National Medal of Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts, which is the highest award an artist can receive from the U.S. government. His work can be viewed in museums across the country including the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC; and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX. Some of DeCarava’s work can also be viewed online courtesy of the Sherry and Roy DeCarava Archives.
Come into the Schomburg to flip through Roy Decarava: A Retrospect by Peter Galassi, which features 200 of DeCarava’s photographs. While you’re there, also check out Roy Decarava: Photographs edited by James Alinder, and much more.