DeCarava, Roy - The Nation's Capital in Photographs, 1976

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Roy DeCarava.
The Nation's Capital in Photographs, 1976

Washington D.C.:  The Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1976.
Staple-bound softcover.
20 pages. 
15 b&w plates.
Includes exhibition checklist, bibliography,
biography and exhibition history.

Near fine, but for a tiny instance or two
of faint soiling to cover. 
Very presentable. 

Roy DeCarava was born in New York City in 1919,
he attended Cooper Union from 1938 to 1940,
then because of his growing frustration with racial prejudice
transferred to the Harlem Community Art Center.

He began taking photographs in the late 1940s, and Harlem
--its sense of community, its rich and varied cultural
traditions and talents--was at the heart of his work.

In 1952, DeCarava became the first African-American photographer
to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship, on the basis of his proposal
to create a photographic portrait of Harlem paired with poetry
by Langston Hughes.

Their 1955 collaboration, The Sweet Flypaper of Life, was a critical
and popular success. That same year, DeCarava's work was included
in The Family of Man exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art.

He also founded A Photographer's Gallery in New York (1955-57)
to present his own work as well as that of Ralph Eugene Meatyard,
Harry Callahan, and others.

He is perhaps best known for the photographs he took
of jazz performers in the mid-1950s.