Artist of the moment…..Photographer Bruce Davidson

Bruce Davidson is a world renown photographer born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1933.  As a child he was raised by a single mother. His mother helped him build his first darkroom when Davidson was only 10 years old.

Was the first artist working with photography to receive a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Worked a short time for LIFE magazine.

In 1949 received first prize award from the Kodak Corporation for his photography in a national high school competition.

Davidson was a superior student attended the Rochester Institute of Technology and then went on to study at Yale University.

One college professor he met was the artist Joseph Albers, who encouraged Davidson to forgo photography and take up painting.

After college Davidson was drafted into the army. He was transferred to Paris, France and there he met the famous photographer  Henri Cartier- Bresson.

In 1957 he left the army and went to work for Magnum Photos. Bresson had introduced him to the company and Davidson was thrilled to work with Magnum Photos.

One major project that brought Davidson much publicity was his photographic journals of the civil rights movement. Through these works we were able to see what Freedom Fighters looked like. Davidson found great appreciation for the project and for his efforts received a Guggenheim Fellowship.  At the conclusion of this project the images were displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

In this clip we view some of the wonderful photography by Davidson as he captured the emotional realities of racism in the country.

In this clip Bruce Davidson talks about London, England and his beloved New York City.

Another project was to shoot how the lower income people and those at or just above the poverty line were living in New York City around East 100th Street.  This project also brought Davidson much critical acclaim.

Central Park in New York City was covered in the 1990s.

As you can probably figure out, Bruce Davidson is based out of New York City.

price range information: Prints and originals range from $1,500 to $150,000.

And to close we visit another series by Davidson receiving much critical acclaim, the Subway series. Most interesting in this interview was the many different feelings conveyed on the subway, could the subway really be sexual?


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