Roy DeCarava

 Roy DeCarava’s  Graduation , 1949.

Roy DeCarava’s Graduation, 1949.

Born in New York City's Harlem neighborhood in 1919, Roy DeCarava came of age during the Harlem Renaissance, when artistic activity and achievement among African Americans flourished across the literary, musical, dramatic, and visual arts. DeCarava did not take up photography until the late 1940s, after working in painting and making prints for the posters division of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). He used his camera to produce striking studies of everyday black life in Harlem, capturing the varied textures of the neighborhood and the creative efflorescence of the Harlem Renaissance. Resisting explicit politicization, DeCarava used photography to counter what he described as “black people...not being portrayed in a serious and artistic way.”

Roy DeCarava - MoMa Bio

Once-Hot Social Startup VSCO Finds Success With Subscriptions


VSCO, a hip photo-and-video-editing app popular with people younger than 25, captured attention as a startup riding the early mobile, social wave. Instagram tried to buy it at one point and VSCO later raised $70 million in venture funding. But finding a profitable business model was tougher. To cut costs, the Oakland, Calif.–based company closed its New York office last January.

Now, 7-year-old VSCO has found new life selling subscriptions. VSCO says it has amassed more than one million subscribers in the 14 months since it launched a $20-a-year membership program called VSCO X. It offers photo filters, which it used to sell only individually, as well as video-editing and photo tutorials.

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KAWS/ Brian Donnelly

KAWS is an American graffiti artist and designer known for his toys and paintings. Pop Art and culture permeate his cartoonish figures—such as his Disney-esque Companion—which bears a resemblance to the work of Takashi Murakami. “Graffiti is like building a career,” the artist reflected. “And there is a dialogue with the other artists out there mostly fellow writers because a lot of people who don't paint just see a blur when they look at it.” Born Brian Donnelly on November 4, 1974 in Jersey City, NJ, KAWS worked in animation after graduating with a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Having started as a graffiti artist in New York in the early 1990s, KAWS began reworking advertisements in his distinctive style. Gaining both street accreditation and more recently gallery exhibitions, his work can be found in the collections at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Rosenblum Collection in Paris. In 2017, KAWS worked together with Nike to produce an Air Jordan 4shoe and Uniqlo to produce a Peanuts inspired T-shirt, continuing to blur the boundaries between fine and commercial art. The artist currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. - Artnet

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