Renowned photojournalist and Magnum photographer Bruce Davidson has been acclaimed for over half a century for his searing images of street gangs, circus performers and the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, all captured with a remarkable directness, truth and power that transcends the concept of style. Here is a portrait of Bruce Davidson with his forthcoming, charming, and revealing insights into who he is, what he’s done, and where he’s going.
This photograph was used for the cover of the Beastie Boys’ triple-platinum album “Ill Communication”:
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During the African-American Civil Rights Movement (1955-1968) photographer Bruce Davidson read about a Brooklyn Gang called The Jokers. He followed them around documenting their lifestyle.
Davidson captured this image of three of the gang members sitting in the back of a bus with an African-American couple, while segregation on buses was still in place.
Perhaps the gang considered this as a rebellious action, but I find it to be incredibly humane.
The period from 1961-1965 was the defining era of the American civil rights movement. As a participant and observer of this struggle for racial equality, Bruce Davidson chronicled the demonstrations, the protests, the aftermath of the bombings, and the social and political tumult that arose out of the conflict. ‘Time of Change’ is a testament to the everyday lives of the people who fought against accepted social norms of segregation, poverty, and discrimination.
Bruce Davidson will receive the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award’ at this year’s Sony World Photographer Awards (see article on ‘British Journal of Photography’). The photographer, who has been a member of the prestigious Magnum Photos agency since 1956, is also a founding member of the World Photography Organisation.
Davidson will receive the award in a ceremony at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on 27 April 2011. His work will also be on display at the Somerset House from 26 April until 22 May 2011 and Davidson will furthermore be one of the five photographers to take part in the ‘In Photographer’s Studio’ series of events, uncovering the personal story of his career as a part of the World Photography Festival in London.
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