BIOGRAPHY

Bruce Davidson is undeniably one of the most influential and important photographers of our time. Picking up a camera at the age of ten, Davidson quickly found himself on the streets of Chicago, photographing city life. After attending Rochester Institute of Technology and Yale University, Davidson was drafted in the army and stationed near Paris, where he first met Henri Cartier-Bresson. In 1957, after his service ended, Davidson starting working for Life Magazine and became a full-time member of Magnum in 1958.

From 1958 to 1961, Davidson made some of his most seminal bodies of work, including The Dwarf, Brooklyn Gang and Freedom Riders. A Guggenheim grant in 1962 led him to create Time of Change, which documented the civil rights movement in the United States. After a one-person show at The Museum of Modern Art in 1963, followed by a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1967, Davidson spent two years photographing in Harlem, resulting in East 100th Street, one of the most powerful documentations of poverty and housing discrimination ever published. In 1980, after living in New York City for 23 years, Davidson turned his camera underground, creating a startling color essay of urban life in Subway.

 

Collections:
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

 

Selected Exhibitions:
2009
Central Park - Sony World Photography Awards, Cannes, France
2008
Bruce Davidson, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
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
Central Park, PhotoEspaña, Astroc Fundacion, Madrid, Spain
Time of Change: Civil Rights Photographs, 1961-65 and East 100th Street – Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris, France
The Nature of Paris, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
2006
Bruce Davidson – Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Canada
On the Street - Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Subway – Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Bruce Davidson - Atlas Gallery, London, UK
2005
Subway, Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY
Subway - Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY
Inside, Outside - Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY
Images From the Inside, Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, WA
Time of Change: Civil Rights Photographs, 1961-65, ICP, New York, NY
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
Brooklyn Gang, International Center of Photography, New York, New York, USA
1996
Bruce Davidson: American Photography, Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, NY
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
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
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