Couple Dancing (Primary Title)
DeCarava often produced dark images. Here he used the painter’s technique of chiaroscuro to convey an atmospheric mood. The dancing figures seem to emerge from the background with just enough light to highlight their embrace. His photographic aesthetic, paired with his commitment to making sensitive and dignified images of African Americans, deeply influenced the next generation of black photographers in New York, including some members of the Kamoinge Workshop, who asked him to be the group’s first president in 1963.
"Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop", VMFA, February 1, 2020 - June 14, 2020
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