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Roy DeCarava
Coltrane and Elvin, New York
1960
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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SHADOW MAN
by Charlie Finch



Roy DeCarava, who died on Oct. 27 at age 89, was one of the last of this country's greatest generation, the creative magicians who emerged from the Harlem Renaissance, which began at the height of the 1920s boom, under the tutelage of a fellow photographer (and a gay white man) Carl Van Vechten, grew with the rent parties of the Depression and emerged full after the war with bebop and the birth of cool.

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