Celebrating “The Sweet Flypaper of Life” in Roy DeCarava’s Centennial Year - Feature Shoot

Roy DeCarava, Boy in park, reading, 1950 Roy DeCarava, Swimmers, 1950 “We’ve had so many books about how bad life is, maybe it’s time to have one showing how good…

“We’ve had so many books about how bad life is, maybe it’s time to have one showing how good it is,” Langston Hughes said of The Sweet Flypaper of Life, his landmark art book collaboration with Roy DeCarava recently republished by David Zwirner Books.

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Listen to this really wonderful 18 minute interview with photographer Roy DeCarava on Fresh Air from 1996. DeCarava died October 27 at age 89. What a soulful, sweet, articulate man.

Parting Glance: Roy DeCarava, 1919-2009 – Lens Blog

Smooth, silky, smoky and gentle; as formal as you might expect from the painter he once wanted to be, Roy DeCarava’s photographs speak in a language far softer than we’re accustomed to now. They are no less powerful for their subtlety. They are meant to repay close study and they do.