My mother & I happened upon a retrospective of Roy DeCarava's work at LACMA once upon a time. It was portraiture, just the way I love it - capturing small moments, exchanges, authentic expressions. The grit and the good stuff of life. We were both so moved, and he immediately became an artist I had to learn more about. Among many other things, DeCarava collaborated with Langston Hughes in 1955 for a book about Harlem, 'The Sweet Flypaper of Life'.
An NPR tribute (interview, photographs) to his life:
A student video tribute, worth the watch:
Some of my favorite images: