Bruce Davidson By Karla E.

Bruce Davidson was born on September 5, 1933 in Oak Park , IL. He is an American photographer. He has been a member of the Magnum Photos agency since 1958. Davidson attended Yale University and is known for his dedication of documentation of social inequality. He also served in the military but afterwards, he became a photographer for Life magazine. In 1962, he began documenting the American Civil Rights Movement.

Birmingham, Alabama, 1963

For two years, he focused on the neglected, poverty block of East 100th Street in Manhattan. As well he explored New York City subway and photographed the life in central Park. Davidson also began to explore the nature in Paris and Los Angeles, carefully looking at the relationship between nature and urban life. He has won many awards for his works of art such as a Gold Medal Lifetime Achievement Award. Today, he is still continuing to make photographs.


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. Davidson focused mostly on the problems that goes on in the world such as poverty, Civil Rights Movement, and many more.

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