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Iconic American photographer Bruce Davidson, most famous for his photographs of Harlem and of the New York subway system in the late 1970s, has agreed to donate a print for the Friends of Anton auction.

Photograph by Emily Davidson.


From the Magnum website:

American, b. 1933

Bruce Davidson began taking photographs at the age of ten in Oak Park, Illinois. While attending Rochester Institute of Technology and Yale University, he continued to further his knowledge and develop his passion. He was later drafted into the army and stationed near Paris. There he met Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the founders of the renowned cooperative photography agency, Magnum Photos.

When he left military service in 1957, Davidson worked as a freelance photographer for LIFE magazine and in 1958 became a full member of Magnum. From 1958 to 1961 he created such seminal bodies of work as “The Dwarf,” Brooklyn Gang,” and “Freedom Rides.” He received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1962 and created a profound documentation of the civil rights movement in America. In 1963, the Museum of Modern Art in New York presented his early work in a solo show.

In 1967, he received the first grant for photography from the National Endowment for the Arts, having spent two years witnessing the dire social conditions on one block in East Harlem. This work was published by Harvard University Press in 1970 under the title East 100th Street and was later republished and expanded by St. Ann’s Press. The work became an exhibition that same year at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1980, he captured the vitality of the New York Metro’s underworld that was later published in a book, Subway, and exhibited at the International Center for Photography in 1982. From 1991-95 he photographed the landscape and layers of life in Central Park. In 2006, he completed a series of photographs titled “The Nature of Paris,” many of which have been shown and acquired by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Davidson received an Open Society Institute Individual Fellowship in 1998 to return to East 100th Street His awards include the Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Photography in 2004 and a Gold Medal Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Arts Club in 2007. Classic bodies of work from his 50-year career have been extensively published in monographs and are included in many major public and private fine art collections around the world. He continues to photograph and produce new bodies of work.

Education

Yale University
Rochester Institute of Technology

Awards

2007 Gold Medal Visual Arts Award – National Arts Club
2004 Lucie Award – Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Photography
1998 Open Society Institute Individual Fellowship
1973 American Film Festival – First Prize in Fiction (Isaac Singer’s Nightmare and Mrs. Pupko’s Beard)
1969 Critics Award, the American Film Festival (for Living off the Land)
1967 National Endowment for the Arts Grant for Photography
1962 Guggenheim Fellowship
1949 First prize in the Kodak National High School Competition

Exhibitions

2009 Central Park – Sony World Photography Awards, Cannes, France
2008 Road to Freedom: Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement, 1956-1968 – High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
2008 Bruce Davidson – Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia
2008 Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts – American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York
2007 Isaac Bashevis Singer and the Lower East Side – The Jewish Museum, New York
2007 Central Park – PhotoEspaña, Astroc Fundacion – Madrid, Spain
2007 The Nature of Paris – Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
2007 Time of Change: Civil Rights Photographs, 1961-65 and East 100th Street – Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris, France
2007 Time of Change: Civil Rights Photographs, 1961-65 – Aperture Foundation, New York
2006 Subway – Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2006 Bruce Davidson – Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Canada
2006 On the Street – Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago
2005/06 Bruce Davidson – Atlas Gallery, London
2005 Subway – Gallery Lumière, Seoul, South Korea
2005 Subway – Museum of the City of New York
2004 Isaac Bashevis Singer and the Lower East Side, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, Amherst
2004 Subway – Hermès Gallery, New York
2004 Subway – Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
2003 East 100th Street 1966 – 1968 – Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle
2003 Inside, Outside – Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
2003 Retrospective – Robert Klein Gallery, New York
2003 Time of Change: Civil Rights Photographs, 1961-65 – ICP, New York; Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2003 Images from the Inside – Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, Washington
1998/99 Brooklyn Gang – International Center of Photography, New York
1995/96 Bruce Davidson – Parco Gallery, Tokyo
1988 East 100th Street, The Cafeteria, and Subway – Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
1983 Subway – Musée Réattu, Arles, France
1983 Subway – Galerie Municipale du Château-d’Eau, Toulouse, France
1982 Subway – International Center of Photography, New York
1979 Bruce Davidson Photographs – International Center of Photography, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota; and Galerie Delpire, Le Nouvel Observateur, Paris
1970 East 100th Street – Museum of Modern Art, New York
1966 Bruce Davidson – Museum of Modern Art, New York
1965 Photographs by Bruce Davidson – Art Institute of Chicago

Collections

Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson
Huntington Library, San Marino, California
International Center of Photography, New York
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP), Paris
Masur Museum, Monroe, Louisiana
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Museum of the City of New York
Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP), Chicago, Illinois
Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Gallery of Canada, Musée des Beaux-Arts du Canada, Ottawa
New-York Historical Society, New York
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Wilson Centre for Photography, London
Yale Center for British Art, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

Books

2007 Circus, Steidl, Germany
2004 Isaac Singer and the Lower East Side, Mead Art Museum, Amherst College, USA
2003 Subway, St. Ann’s Press, USA
2005 England / Scotland 1960, Steidl, Germany
2002 Time of Change, Civil Rights Photographs 1961-1965, St. Ann’s Press, USA
1999 Portraits, Aperture, USA
1998 Brooklyn Gang, Twin Palms, USA
1995 Central Park, Aperture, USA
1997 Photo Poche, Editions Nathan, France
1990 Bruce Davidson (Photofile), Thames & Hudson, UK
1986 Subway, Aperture, USA; St Ann’s Press, USA
1986 Bruce Davidson, Pantheon/National Center of Photography, USA
1979 Bruce Davidson Photographs, Simon & Schuster, USA; (Bruce Davidson Photographs), Le Chêne, France
1973 Subsistence USA, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, USA
1970 East 100th Street, Harvard University Press, USA; St. Ann’s Press, USA
1966 The Negro American, Houghton, Mifflin, USA
1964 The Bridge, Harper & Row, USA

Portfolios

2008 Central Park in Platinum
2007 Subway
1982 Welsh Miners

Films

1968 Living off the Land
1971 Zoo Doctor
1972 Isaac Singer’s Nightmare and Mrs. Pupko’s Beard

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