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Bruce Davidson: East 100Th Street Hardcover – January 2, 2003

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Bruce Davidson is a major figure in modern photography who has created compelling documentary work for over 40 years. Born in 1933, he began taking photographs at the age of 10. After military service in 1957, he worked as a freelance photographer for Life magazine, and in 1958 he became a member of Magnum Photos. Davidson continued to photograph extensively from 1958 to 1965, creating such bodies of work as The Dwarf, Brooklyn Gang, Subway, East 100th Street, and The Civil Rights Movement. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1962 to document youth in the South during the civil rights movement, and in 1966 was awarded the first grant for photography from the National Endowment for the Arts. Davidson's work has been shown at many of the world's leading museums, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the International Center of Photography; the Walker Art Center; the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; and the Parco Gallery, Tokyo. He continues to work as an editorial and documentary photographer, and his work appears regularly in publications all over the globe.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: St. Ann's Press; First Edition edition (January 2, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971368139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971368132
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 11.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,549,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By No One Important on January 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In 1968, Bruce Davidson took his large-format 8x10 camera uptown to East 100th Street in East Harlem and set about recording the lives and the people of this poverty stricken block.

Davidson had spent much of the 1960s documenting the civil rights movement and the people on the fringes as well massive projects such as the building on the Verranzo bridge but in many ways East 100th Street was forever to define him as a photographer, and establish him as a great photographer.

By working with a large format camera, Davidson was saying to everyone that he was not interested in taking street photographs: fleeting images where the subjects might not even really know you are there. Instead an 8x10 camera (8x10 refers to the size of the negative -- 8" by 10") requires a tripod and considerable effort and time (minutes) just to focus the camera and take light measurements as well as considerable effort and conspicousness to just lug around. The result is rather formal pictures made with the subjects true consent.

And so the pictures are truly intimate portraits made with the collaboration of the people of East 100th street. They are truly a remarkable document.

Davidson takes you inside people's living rooms and bedrooms, into the back alleys and onto the rooftops. He shows you the dinner at the dinner table, and couples swaying to the music in a bar. You see the pictures of Jesus and JFK on their walls. And the family with the same clock on their wall that hung in my kitchen as I grew up.

You see the old man shivering in his bed, looking straight into the camera, an old tired dog under his bed also looking straight into the bed, the floor dirty, the walls bare except for tired old wallpaper. An unforgettable image.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
East 100th Street is a truly stunning, black-and-white photographic portrait of East 100th Street of Harlem. These stark, memorable images captured by Bruce Davidson show poverty, survival, individuals, children, and families -- some having fun, some withdrawn into themselves. "What you call a ghetto, I call my home", is an impressive quote spoken to the photographer, and East 100th Street showcases both sides of this remark in an exceptional and unforgettable manner.
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Format: Paperback
I was so moved the moment I opened this book - it was mesmerizing and at the same time hard to look at, yet I couldn't wait to see what the next page would bring and how it would make me feel. That is what real photojournalism does - it moves you by telling a story that you not only see but feel as well. Some of the images were haunting and life was extremely hard in that neighborhood ... to say the least but these images didn't leave me depressed instead I was inspired by the sense of community I saw and almost could touch. The printing of this book is so impressive - it almost feels as if the photos are 3 dimensional and will leap off the table - another great quality we seem to be losing as technology races on.

If you are looking for a book filled with great photography, incredible printing, and moving images that stay with you, this is it. It will be hard for me to look at another piece of photojournalism without comparing it to Davidson's - a true masterpiece.
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