The Unique Work of Roy DeCarava

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Harlem was where he took most of his photographs. He originally started out painting and first began using a camera to document images he would later use in his painting, but over time began to rely on the camera more until that became his medium for art. Throughout his life, DeCavara was forced to deal with racial discrimination, which in part led him to begin photographing African Americans and their experiences in 20th century America. In the 1940’s DeCarava began shooting a series photographs in Harlem, which later were included in his first solo show in 1950. In 1952, Decarava was awarded Guggenheim Fellowship, and was the first African American photographer to receive this grant. In 1955 he founded A Photographer’s Gallery, which was implemented to gain public interest in photography, and eventually closed due to poor sales. He also started a workshop in 1963 specifically for African American photographers. Though he was an acclaimed artist his career as a freelance photographer was never completely stable so he looked for other jobs throughout his life. He became a contract photographer for Sports Illustrated, became an associate professor at Hunter College and eventually became a full time and distinguished professor there. In 1996, the Museum of Modern Art a retrospective of DeCavara’s works that travelled to many…

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