Bruce Davidson: Subway

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Bruce Davidson: Subway

Bruce Davidson: Subway

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He became a member of Magnum Photos in 1958, and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1962, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1967 and 1980, the Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Photography in 2004, and a Gold Medal of Honor Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Arts Club in 2007. Every now and then, when I was looking at one of these cryptic messages, someone would come and sit in front of it, and I would feel as if the message had been decoded. full-pg illustrations in color, signed by Davidson on the half title, afterword by Henry Geldzahler; fine in original gray cloth, pictorial dust jacket.

The brilliant flash, combined with fluorescent lighting, intense colors and Davidson's probing vision, produced images that are dramatic and at times surreal. His work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. One day I spotted this young man on the subway train at Coney Island who absorbed so much bright sun he appeared to be radiant. In 1966 he was awarded the first grant for photography from the National Endowment for the Arts, and spent two years bearing witness to the dire social conditions on one block in East Harlem. Só nao ganhou cinco estrelas porque tem algumas fotos que são "normais", e poderiam ter ficado tranquilamente de fora da obra.Bruce Davidson's groundbreaking Subway, first published by Aperture in 1986, has garnered critical acclaim both as a documentation of a unique moment in the cultural fabric of New York City and for its phenomenal use of extremes of color and shadow set against flash-lit skin. Davidson ist berühmt für Fotobuch-Klassiker wie "East 100th street" (Andrew Roth, The Book of 101 Books, Seite 196/197; Martin Parr, Gerry Badger, The Photobook, volume 1, Seite 18). With renovations beginning on the subway during the eighties, today the transit system is in some ways unrecognizable. He knew he had to train like an athlete to carry around his heavy equipment in the subway for hours each day. The photographer’s descent into the city’s famed transit system followed a period of broader exploration in New York.

Here, the enclosed world of the subway is a metaphor for New York itself, in all its frantic hustle and bustle its violence, its humanity and its hope.If they hesitated, I would pull out my portfolio and show them my subway work; if they said no, it was no forever. Davidson continues to create classic bodies of work from his 50-year career that have been extensively published in monographs and are included in all the major public and private fine art collections around the world. It’s a great social equalizer … From the moving train above ground, we see glimpses of the city, and as the train moves into the tunnels, sterile fluorescent light reaches into the stony gloom and we, trapped inside, all hang on together,” observes Davidson in the introduction to his book. He familiarized himself with a smaller area, and used that to tell a much larger story, due to the intimacy with his subjects. Born in 1933 near Chicago, Davidson’s subjects have including the Civil Rights Movement in the early ’60s, a Brooklyn gang, Spanish Harlem, circus performers, and a 5-year project on New York’s subway system in the gritty ‘80s.

Speaking to us about how he views the project today, Davidson reiterates this sentiment: “I feel that there was a passion and a purpose to photographing in the subway. The subway interior was defaced with a secret handwriting that covered the walls, windows, and maps. Color photography was not new for me – most of my commissioned work and all of my films have been done in color. While not strictly a New York photographer, Bruce Davidson has created some of the most iconic New York photographs of the 20th century.A woman named Kathy, staring at herself in a cigarette machine in one of his most famous photographs, shot herself with a shotgun. spent a year traveling the tracks of New York City’s subway system, photographing a full spectrum of people on their rumbling and sometimes gritty journeys through the city.

Support for this exhibition is provided by an anonymous donor, the members of The San Diego Museum of Art, and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program. When it went off, everyone in the car knew that an event was taking place—the spotlight was on someone.He also used the subway to travel to other parts of New York, including Coney Island, the Bronx Zoo, and the Lower East Side cafeteria. I began to imagine that these signatures surrounding the passengers were ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. I revisited the Lower East Side cafeteria where I’d photographed several years before… The cafeteria was a haven for the elderly Jewish people surviving the decaying nearby neighborhoods. Essentially, Davidson's images manage to hark back to a forgotten New York City, while simultaneously tapping into a contemporary sense of why New York, with all is attitudes, is still seen to be one of the globe's most vibrant and happening urban cities. He also carried quarters in his pockets to hand out to the people in the subways who often ask for money.



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