Roy DeCarava, the child of a single mother in Harlem
who turned that neighborhood into his canvas, becoming one of the most
important photographers of his generation by chronicling the lives of
its ordinary people and its jazz giants, died on Tuesday in Manhattan.
He was 89 and lived in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn.
Mr. DeCarava trained to be a painter, but while
using a camera to gather images for his printmaking work he began to
gravitate toward photography, partly because of its immediacy but also
because of the limitations he saw all around him for a black artist in a
Read the complete obituary in The New York Times.