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Roy DeCarava Obituary

NEW YORK (AP) — Photographer Roy DeCarava (dee-kuh-RAH'-vah), whose black-and-white images captured Harlem's everyday life and jazz greats who performed there, has died.

His daughter, Susan DeCarava, says he died Tuesday of natural causes. He lived in Brooklyn and was 89.

DeCarava was teaching an advance photography course at Hunter College at the time of his death. He had been on the faculty there since 1975.

Trained as a painter, DeCarava infused his images with shadows and shades of gray and black.

He chronicled Harlem residents doing ordinary things: A family watching the Harlem River, a couple dancing in their kitchen, a girl standing on a desolate street in a white graduation dress.

He also captured candid shots of Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane and other jazz musicians.

Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press
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