“There was this big hole,” DeCarava told me in 1996. “There were no Black images of dignity, of beautiful Black people — so I tried to fill it. … I wanted to find in the Black community itself, I was looking for humanity. These are people. Before they’re Black, they’re people, and this is what I’m concerned about!”
Find out about the importance of photography in telling the history of Black families and Black life in this piece by NPR.