“All my photographs are portraits – self-portraits, because you can’t photograph someone without reflecting/echoing, like a bat sending out a signal that comes back to you. You get not only a picture of who you’re photographing, but you get a picture of yourself at the same time.”
Magnum photographer Bruce Davidson (b. 1933, US) is best known for his photographic projects documenting outsider culture and subervise groups. His series “Brooklyn Gang” is considered to be the first ever photoessay. At the age of 19 he first won a national award for his photography and in 1966 he became the first photographer to be awarded a grant for photography from the National Endowment for the Arts. He subsequently created one of his major bodies of work “East 100th Street”, documenting a poverty-stricken block in East Harlem. A key influence of Davidson’s work is Henri-Cartier Bresson, whom he met in 1955, shortly before becoming a member of the prestigious Magnum Photos’ collective at the young age of 24. Davidson’s long-standing career has been highlighted in many international exhibitions at major institutions, including fourteen exhibitions at MoMA, New York.
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