Roy DeCarava, Pioneering Photographer, Dies at 89

By Jorge Rivas Oct 29, 2009

via LA Times: Roy DeCarava, a photographer whose pictures of everyday life in Harlem helped clarify the black experience for a wider audience, has died. He was 89. DeCarava told National Public Radio in a 1996 interview that when he started taking pictures "there were no black images of dignity, no images of beautiful black people. There was this big hole. I tried to fill it." … He did not ignore the problems of the black community, but usually addressed them in subtle ways. One of his best known photographs shows a young woman in a long white gown and a corsage who stands in rubble outside a tenement house. She is in sunlight, facing shadows. The image raises obvious questions about her future. The NY Times has a beautiful slideshow available.