Vicky Goldberg | Bruce Davidson: An Illustrated Biography

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With the publication of Bruce Davidson by Vicki Goldberg, the Magnum Foundation continues its series of illustrated biographies about the lives of Magnum photographers behind their well-known photographs. This second book is the first ever full-length biography of Bruce Davidson, tracing his life through the prism of his work and archives. 

Bruce Davidson is one of this country’s most acclaimed documentary photographers. His work records the key events of his times, from the 1950s youth gang culture that foretold the rebellious 1960s to the struggle for civil rights and the conditions that made that struggle imperative in both the South and the North, to the crime-ridden New York of the 1970s. Author of such classic photo books as East 100thStreetSubway, and Brooklyn Gang, Davidson started photographing as a kid on the streets of Chicago in the 1940s. He uses his camera as a means of connection discovering something inside himself while creating an emotional bond with his subjects. He continues to work today at age 82.