Bruce Davidson was born September 5, 1933 in Oak Park, Illinois he is currently 83 years old. Davidsons career began at the age 10 when his mother built him a dark room in their basement from there he began interacting with a local photographer who showed him the technical nuances of photography, in addition to lighting and printing skills. At 19 he was first recognized and awarded the 1952 Kodak National High School Photographic Award, following college however he decided to join the Army and initially he was given routine assignments until an editor in the posts news paper personally requested him to be a part of the newspaper after seeing his talents. After his military services Davidson worked as a freelance photographer until he joined Magnum during that time he produced one of his most famous pieces as he travelled and recorded the events and effects of Civil Rights Movement in both the South and North, this project was put on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Upon the completion of his documentation of the Civil Rights Movement . Published in 1970 Davidson's next project as East 100th street was a two year documentation of poverty stricken block in East Harlem, but in 1998 he returned to record the renewal and rebuild of the community since his last visit 30 years previous. For this he presented a community slide shoe and received Open Society Institute Individual Fellowship Award.