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Basie and Lena, New York

This portrait of Count Basie and Lena Horne evokes the warm, loving energy shared by two great musicians. As an artistic response to mass media stereotypes of African Americans, Roy DeCarava photographed Black subjects with grace, beauty, and dignity. He often used low, ambient light, and he embraced the lower register of the photographic scale-the rich and velvety beauty of gray and black.

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Gelatin silver print
13.0 x 9.6in
Text © The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 2020

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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Permanent collection