Oct 04, 2018 - Sale 2487

Sale 2487 - Lot 75

Price Realized: $ 15,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 25,000
ROY DECARAVA (1919-2009)
Man Lying Down, Subway Steps.

Silver print, 1965. 337x254 mm; 13 1/4x10 inches. Signed in pencil, on the over mat.

Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; private collection, New York.

Illustrated: (another print) Peter Galassi, Roy DeCarava: A Retrospective. p. 103.

Roy Decarava frequently photographed people in New York City's subway stations. DeCarava was interested in documenting the unknown, showing their strength, wisdom and dignity, rather than the famous or well-known. Roy DeCarava was the first African-American photographer to receive a Guggenheim scholarship. The fellowship enabled him to spend a year shooting hundreds of photographs documenting life for African-Americans in New York City. Other prints of the very scarce photograph are in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Art Gallery, Washington DC.