Details

Title

Man Coming Up Subway Stairs

Artist/Maker

Roy DeCarava (American, 1919–2009)

Date

1957

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

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Credit

Purchase with funds from the H. B. and Doris Massey Charitable Trust

Accession #

1998.48

On View

Currently not on view

Roy DeCarava used a handheld 35mm camera to create an intensely lyrical and evocative chronicle of life in Harlem during the mid-1900s. Combing the sidewalks and public spaces of his home community, DeCarava made photographs that explored the relationship of the individual to the social environment during a fraught time in history. He often photographed in situations where there was little light, as in this scene of a man emerging from the subway, and carefully printed the murky images to elicit an unsentimental sensuousness.

Image Copyright

© The Estate of Roy DeCarava

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