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ROY DECARAVA
[1919-2009] Photographer, writer and teacher
You should be able to look at me and see my work. You should be able to look at my work and see me. - Roy DeCarava - http://nearbycafe.com/artandphoto/photocritic/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Coleman_DeCarava_profile_1970.pdf

I am bitter, but that's a safety valve, a self-indulgence. Either you believe that life in all its manifold horrors is basically and essentially good, or you don't...What I try to say in my work is that I believe in life. I can't create out of bitterness. It undermines my creativity. - Roy DeCarava - http://nearbycafe.com/artandphoto/photocritic/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Coleman_DeCarava_profile_1970.pdf

..a black painter to be an artist had to join the white world or not function — had to accept the values of white culture, like emphasizing technique in painting rather than what the artist feels. Black people have a spiritualism, maybe because for so long they had nothing else. - Roy DeCarava - http://nearbycafe.com/artandphoto/photocritic/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Coleman_DeCarava_profile_1970.pdf

Photography is an intransigent medium, and it's very hard to express yourself. After you get a certain technical facility — and from the very first I took 'good' pictures — you've got to get at what you feel. - Roy DeCarava - http://nearbycafe.com/artandphoto/photocritic/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Coleman_DeCarava_profile_1970.pdf

I want to reach people inside, way down — to give them a quiver in their stomach. I've reached a certain plateau at this point, where I can sense an even greater intensity in a situation than I'm able to get on film. That's what I've got to learn to capture, even if it takes the rest of my life. - Roy DeCarava

Going outside and meeting the challenge of taking what is and making it yours, that’s what photography does for me. It’s not the subject that interests me as much as my perception of the subject. - Roy DeCarava - http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/29/arts/29decarava.html?_r=1

The wind." - Roy DeCarava - To the question: "What haven't you been able to photograph that you've very much wanted to?"

It's the not the subject that interests me as much as my perception of the subject. - Roy DeCarava

I don't really think that the technique really determines the veracity of the image. It's what the image does to the viewer that determines whether it's right or wrong. - Roy DeCarava

Seeing your work on the wall is like the ultimate thing that can happen. - Roy DeCarava

Artists are a very important part of our society because they make a great contribution to our values. The artist creates a value system that we all grow up on, whether we know it or not. - Roy DeCarava

The artist creates the material that we look back upon as part of history. - Roy DeCarava

The artist is a kind of a seer and by nature he is optimistic because he believes in the future. - Roy DeCarava

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