I/Eye: On Photography

Fleeting illumination

Posted in Other Photographers by Sheila Newbery on November 11, 2009

Roy DeCarava (2019–2009):

After nearly a decade of avidly photographing the jazz milieu, and after completing his rich tribute to Coltrane, DeCarava slowed down. He remembers that he began to feel a conflict between listening (feeling) and photographing (seeing), as if the pursuit of one interfered with the other. What is so precious about his best pictures is that they dissolve the conflict, making whole in still, silent pictures the depth of music’s emotion.

— Peter Galassi in Roy DeCarava, A Retrospective (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1996), p. 27.

Coltrane by Roy DeCarava

Coltrane by Roy DeCarava

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