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January 2024

Everywhere Beauty is Harlem
The Vision of Photographer Roy DeCarava
Calkins Creek/Astra

 


Calkins Creek/Astra

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"Present-tense narration carries the energy of a vibrant neighborhood as seen through the attentive eyes of a brilliant visionary.... This memorable offering is one readers will return to for moments of inspiration."
Kirkus *starred review*

"An image-centered picture book that summons the senses. DeCarava captures it all--and so too do Golio and Lewis--in this luminous tribute."
Publishers Weekly
*starred review*

"This joyful, exuberant picture book biography of Roy DeCarava does exactly what he strove to do through his photography: capture the beauty of Harlem."
Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books (BCCB) *starred review*
 

In 1952, Roy DeCarava became the first Black American to be awarded a Guggenheim fellowship. He spent the next year photographing the people of his Harlem hometown--jazz luminaries, close friends, and passersby on the street. His aim was to reveal the extraordinary, everywhere beauty of Harlem in its everyday sights and sounds, and in the eyes of its people. For Roy--who became an world-renowned photographer--this became a lifelong labor of love.

Everywhere Beauty is Harlem - The Vision of Photographer Roy DeCarava, written by NY Times-bestselling author Gary Golio and illustrated by multi-award-winning artist E.B. Lewis, is also a labor of love. Everywhere Beauty follows Roy as he walks through 1940s Harlem with his Argus camera, snapping people as they stroll, lounge on their favorite stoops, and play in the street. E.B Lewis' exquisite artwork shows us how Roy sees, how he feels, and offers some hints on how he captured what we often miss - the extraordinary beauty of ordinary life.

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