Roy DeCarava at the Underground Museum

Born in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood in 1919, Roy DeCarava came of age during the Harlem Renaissance, when artistic activity and achievement among African Americans flourished across the literary, musical, dramatic, and visual arts. DeCarava did not take up photography until the late 1940s, after working in painting and making prints for the posters division of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). He used his camera to produce striking studies of everyday black life in Harlem, capturing the varied textures of the neighborhood and the creative efflorescence of the Harlem Renaissance. Resisting explicit politicization, DeCarava used photography to counter what he described as “black people…not being portrayed in a serious and artistic way.”


See his work up at:
The Underground Museum
3508 W. Washington Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90018
March 31 – June 30, 2019

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