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Roy DeCarava | Biography, Art, Photography, The Sweet Flypaper of Life, & Facts
Roy DeCarava (December 9, 1919 - October 27, 2009) was the first African American photographer to win a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1952. The photographs from that period were collected in his book The Sweet Flypaper of Life, which had text written by Langston Hughes.He taught at Cooper Union and Hunter College and is most noted for his portraits of jazz musicians. #TodayInBlackHistory
Roy DeCarava, who died on Oct. 27 2011 at age 89, was one of the last of this country's greatest generation, the creative magicians who emerged from the Harlem Renaissance, which began at the height of the 1920s boom, under the tutelage of a fellow photographer (and a gay white man) Carl Van Vechten, grew with the rent parties of the Depression and emerged full after the war with bebop and the birth of cool.
Kamoinge, Part 3: Camera Magazine
Cover of Camera mag featuring the collective known as Kamoinge Workshop. Kamoinge, a group of people acting together, was formed in NY in 1963 to address the under-representation of black photographers in the art world. The group was founded by Louis Draper, Ray Francis, Herbert Randall and Albert Fennar, with Roy DeCarava serving as its first director.