Roy DeCarava, R.I.P.

{© Roy DeCarava}

Photographer Roy DeCarava (1919-2009) passed away last Tuesday at the age of 89. What I have always admired about him, besides his awe-inspiring body of work, is his ability to articulate his motives with precision and no small amount of humility. DeCarava, thoughtful, sensitive, and wholly honest, was always able to pin down the "why" of his work and technique, and trust me, that's not always easy to do. You'll see what I mean in this Charlie Rose interview from 1996 below, which coincided with this [MoMA retrospective].