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Roy DeCarava

Graduation

Roy DeCarava

Roy DeCarava

Graduation

Graduation

Roy DeCarava

1919 - 2009

Graduation


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.)

Please note the colors and shades in the online catalogue illustration may vary depending on screen settings. This rare, large, early print is in generally good condition. It is on double-weight paper with a semi-glossy surface. There are a number of soft and sharp handling creases throughout the image and margins, some of which break the emulsion. In the right margin, there are abrasions to the upper paper-ply as well as tape remnants, suggesting a previous overmat or cover sheet. The margin corners are creased, and there is a loss at the tip of the upper right margin corner. The aforementioned bear noting but do not diminish from the importance of this rare, early print. The reverse of the print is soiled and stained. When examined under ultraviolet light, this print does not appear to fluoresce.


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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