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Brooklyn Gang: Summer 1959 Hardcover – November 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Twin Palms Pub (November 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944092500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944092507
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 10.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,917,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1959 Davidson read about the teenage gangs of New York City. Connecting with a social worker to make initial contact with a gang called the Jokers, Davidson became a daily observerAand photographerAof this alienated youth culture. The Fifties are often considered passive and pale by our standards of urban reality, but Davidson's photographs prove otherwise. In a recent New York Times article discussing this work, Davidson admitted he feared the erratic and often violent rules and routines of the Jokers. It is tempting to consider what this book might have been like had more of the detail of Brooklyn's 1950s white gang culture, as revealed in that Times article, been used to reinforce this spare volume. But this book gets to the point quickly, on its own terms. Nearly 70 sheet-fed gravure platesAimages of tough people, tough lives, tough lovers, all trying to be coolAare followed by just two pages of recollections by the photographer and a lengthier interview with Benjie, a surviving gang member, now a drug counselor. Recommended.ADavid Bryant, New Canaan P.L., CT
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By mds38@aol.com on December 30, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This new edition of Bruce Davidson's classic study of tough New York youths in the 50's, marks a most welcome and sure-to-be-collected photo book. The reproductions and layout are superb, rich and textured, and the accompanying text is illuminating. And this doesn't even begin to describe the superb images Davidson, one of the world's great "street photographers" captures here. In all, without much of Davidson's work in-print, aside from "Central Park," this is one that art photograpahy fans and those interested in New York's colorful past will surely want to own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Dissipated Monk on April 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Bruce Davidson's classic work captures the raw emotion of a group of Brooklyn teenagers in the long vanished Summer of 1959. The photographs are very natural and unstaged, and capture a powerful sense of adolescent desolation, even amidst a crowd of other teens. The kids hanging out on the street corner, at the candy store, or huddled under the boardwalk at Coney Island convey an intense, desperate sort of energy. These photographs are charged with the sensation of growing up and living in a world before everything became a media spectacle. Some of these kids may have copped a pose or two from James Dean, but the defining appeal of James Dean as an actor was that his emotion felt vividly real. One wonders how such an unmediated, honest, street level take would even be possible today. This book is a treasure of American urban social history and a tour de force of emotional power.
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By rogerbnyc on July 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Met a guy when I was in the ninth grade. he moved to Manhattan's LES. Told me he was from Bklyn, Took me to his old neighborhood, I actually met some of these guys, I was shocked to see these photographs. Very accurate description of the time that I grew up in.

So, Captivating, Enthralling, just takes me actually there.

Can't wait to find this book at a decent price.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee on December 1, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is some of the most emotional pictures I have seen. Brooklyn Gangs rates as my favorite photo books of all time.
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William D. Tompkins on July 5, 2003
Format: Hardcover
an interesting collection of photos of youths living in brooklyn during the 50's
im not quite sure why this is referred to as a gang--as there is no gang type of life really shown in these images. a better name for this book should have been BROOKLYN FRIENDS
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