Man with portfolio by Roy DeCarava (1959)

The photograph named “Man with portfolio” was created by the artist Roy DeCarava in the year 1959. This black and white image captures a man seen from the waist down, holding a large portfolio case in his hands. His fingers are interlocked around the bottom edge of the case, which covers the majority of his torso, giving the viewer a limited view of his outfit — a glimpse of a dark suit or trousers. His posture suggests a sense of formality and perhaps readiness for a professional engagement. In the background, out of focus, there appears to be another person, possibly a woman in light-colored clothing, walking away and only partially visible. The photograph conveys a strong sense of anonymity and focus through its framing and the way the portfolio dominates the composition.

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