Bruce Davidson  (American, 1933) 

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Bruce Davidson (American, b. September 5, 1933) is a widely exhibited and published photographer and contributing member of the famed photographic cooperative Magnum Photos. Davidson was born in Oak Park, IL, to a single mother who constructed his first darkroom when he was 10 years old. Davidson began attending the Rochester Institute of Technology upon his completion of high school, after which he continued on to Yale.

Despite urgings to turn to drawing and color painting from one of his instructors, Josef Albers (American, 1888–1976), Davidson created a photo essay for his college thesis, entitled Life, which documented the different emotions displayed by football players behind the scenes of the game. Upon completion of college in 1955, Davidson was drafted into the army, where he quickly found himself a part of the photo pool in the Fort Huachuca Signal Corps. When transferred to Paris, he met Henri Cartier-Bresson (French, 1908–2004), who would serve as his confidant and advisor, and also introduce him to Magnum Photos.

After his discharge from the military in 1957, Davidson joined Magnum Photos. At this point, the main focus of his work became photographic chronicles of different places and events, both mundane and famous. One of his earlier works, Brooklyn Gang, provided an intimate portrayal of the lives and emotions of a small Brooklyn street gang. In the early 1960s, Davidson produced one of his most famous photographic documentaries, Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, which was a multi-perspective examination of the Civil Rights movement. In support of this project, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and upon completion, it was displayed at the Museum of Modern Art.

Later in the 1960s, he went on to produce the two-year chronicle East 100th Street, which showed the amazing resilience of residents living in a neighborhood rife with crime, poverty, and decay. In contrast, he completed a work entitled Central Park in the late 1990s, which was a four-year tour that depicted the beauty and majesty of New York City. In 1998, Davidson returned to the scene of East 100th Street to document the many changes that had transpired over the 30 years since he completed the work. Presented as a slide show, this work earned him an Open Society Institute Individual Fellowship Award. Davidson lives and works in New York.

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Bruce Davidson, Woman walking along, Wilshire Blvd, From the Los Angeles series

 

Bruce Davidson
Woman walking along, Wilshire Blvd, From the Los Angeles series
1964

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Bruce Davidson, Sports Car from freeway overpass, From the Los Angeles series

 

Bruce Davidson
Sports Car from freeway overpass, From the Los Angeles series
1964

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Bruce Davidson, Back of Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, California

 

Bruce Davidson
Back of Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles, California
2008

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Bruce Davidson, Untitled

 

Bruce Davidson
Untitled
Hamburg Kennedy Photographs
Bruce Davidson, Brooklyn Gang, Coney Island, New York, USA

 

Bruce Davidson
Brooklyn Gang, Coney Island, New York, USA
1959

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Bruce Davidson, USA. New York City. 1959. Brooklyn Gang.

 

Bruce Davidson
USA. New York City. 1959. Brooklyn Gang.
1959

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Bruce Davidson, Selma March

 

Bruce Davidson
Selma March
1965

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Bruce Davidson, Eiffel Tower from Tree

 

Bruce Davidson
Eiffel Tower from Tree
2005-2006

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Bruce Davidson, Central Park in Winter, New York City

 

Bruce Davidson
Central Park in Winter, New York City
1992

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Bruce Davidson, Mark Frechette e Daria Halprin sul set del film Zabriskie Point e Michelangelo Antonioni regista del film (7 works)

 

Bruce Davidson
Mark Frechette e Daria Halprin sul set del film Zabriskie Point e Michelangelo Antonioni regista del film (7 works), 1969
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Bruce Davidson, Central Park, Vanderbilt Gate at the Conservatory Garden, New York

 

Bruce Davidson
Central Park, Vanderbilt Gate at the Conservatory Garden, New York, 1992
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Bruce Davidson, East 100th Street

 

Bruce Davidson
East 100th Street, 1966-1968
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1949   Received the First prize in the Kodak National High School Competition
1951 - 1954   Attended Rochester Institute of Technology
1955   Attended Yale University
1955   Was drafted into the army and met photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson while stationed near Paris
1957   Worked as freelance photographer for LIFE Magazine
1958   Became a full member of Magnum
1962   Received a Guggenheim fellowship and documented the Civil Rights Movement in America
1967   Received the first grant for photography from the National Endowment for the Arts
1969   Received the Critics Award, the American Film Festival (for Living off the Land)
1973   American Film Festival - Received the First Prize in Fiction (Isaac Singer’s Nightmare and Mrs. Pupko’s Beard)
1991 - 1995   Photographed the landscape and layers of life in Central Park
1998   Received an Open Society Institute Individual Fellowship
2004   Received the Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Photography
2007   Received the Gold Medal Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Arts Club
2009   Continues to work in photography
2009   Central Park - Sony World Photography Awards, Cannes, France
2008   Bruce Davidson, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgi (solo)
2008   Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
2008   Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
2007   Isaac Bashevis Singer and the Lower East Side, The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
2007   Central Park, PhotoEspaña, Astroc Fundacion, Madrid, Spain
2007   Time of Change: Civil Rights Photographs, 1961-65 and East 100th Street – Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris, France
2007   The Nature of Paris, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
2006   Bruce Davidson – Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Canada (solo)
2006   On the Street - Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006   Subway – Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2005 - 2006   Bruce Davidson - Atlas Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2005   Subway, Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY
2005   Subway - Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY
2005   Inside, Outside - Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY
2005   Images From the Inside, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
2005   Time of Change: Civil Rights Photographs, 1961-65, ICP, New York, NY
2005   Retrospective - Robert Klein Gallery, New York, NY
2004   Isaac Bashevis Singer and the Lower East Side, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
2003   East 100th Street 1966 – 1968, Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, WA
1998 - 1999   Brooklyn Gang, International Center of Photography, New York, New York, USA
1996 - 1997   Bruce Davidson: American Photography, Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, NY
1995 - 1996   Bruce Davidson - Parco Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
1988   East 100th Street, The Cafeteria, and Subway - Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
1983   Subway - Galerie Municipale du Château-d'Eau, Toulouse, France
1983   Subway - Musée Réattu, Arles, France
1982   Subway - International Center of Photography, New York, NY
1979   Bruce Davidson Photographs - International Center of Photography, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Galerie Delpire, Le Nouvel Observateur, Paris
1979   Galerie FNAC, Montparnasse, Paris, France
1970   East 100th Street - Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1966   Bruce Davidson - Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1965   Photographs by Bruce Davidson - Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1963   Bruce Davidson - Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (solo)
  National Gallery of Canada, Musée des Beaux-Arts du Canada, Ottawa
  New-York Historical Society, New York, NY
  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  Wilson Centre for Photography, London, UK
  Yale Center for British Art, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  International Center of Photography, New York, NY
  Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
  Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
  Masur Museum, Monroe, LA
  Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
  Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY
  Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL
  Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
2007    Circus, Steidl, Germany
2005    England / Scotland 1960, Steidl, Germany
2004    Isaac Singer and the Lower East Side, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, USA
2003    Subway, St. Ann's Press, USA
2002    Time of Change, Civil Rights Photographs 1961-1965, St. Ann's Press, USA
1999    Portraits, Aperture, USA
1998    Brooklyn Gang, Twin Palms, USA
1997    Photo Poche, Editions Nathan, France
1995    Central Park, Aperture, USA
1990    Bruce Davidson (Photofile), Thames & Hudson, UK
1986    Subway, Aperture, USA; St Ann's Press, USA
1986    Bruce Davidson, Pantheon/National Center of Photography, USA
1979    Bruce Davidson Photographs, Simon & Schuster, USA; (Bruce Davidson Photographs), Le Chêne, France
1973    Subsistence USA, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, USA
1970    East 100th Street, Harvard University Press, USA; St. Ann's Press, USA
1966    The Negro American, Houghton, Mifflin, USA
1964    The Bridge, Harper & Row, USA