Classic Photographs

Classic Photographs

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Roy DeCarava


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October 5, 02:19 PM GMT


20,000 - 30,000 USD

Lot Details


Roy DeCarava

1919 - 2009


gelatin silver print, signed 'DECARAVA' in ink on the image, the photographer's '1015 Sixth Avenue / NY 18 NY WI 7-9556' studio stamp on the reverse, 1949, probably printed in the early 1950s

image: 12 ½ by 18 in. (31.8 by 45.7 cm.)

Gift of the photographer, likely circa 1960

By descent to the present owner

Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes, The Sweet Flypaper of Life (New York, 1955), pp. 64-5

Roy DeCarava and Langston Hughes, The Sweet Flypaper of Life (Washington, D. C. 1984 reprint), dust jacket and pp. 78-9

Peter Galassi, Roy DeCarava: A Retrospective (New York: The Museum of Modern Art), p. 137

Quentin Bajac et al., eds., Photography at MoMA: 1920 - 1960 (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2016), pl. 377