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Bruce Davidson: Outside Inside Hardcover – July 1, 2010
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A couple of Davidson's photo books are now very expensive so it could be that these three books are about as close as you'll get to see some of his great photos but it's worth saying that the original 'East 100 Street' book with 123 photos has ninety-one here and 'Brooklyn Gang' with seventy in the original has fifty-one here. Other books with extensive coverage in these pages include: Circus 1958, sixty-three; England/Scotland 1960, sixty-five; New York Subway 1980, nineteen; Central Park 1992-1995 eighty-three.
Book one 1954-1961, with fifteen sections gets off to a beautiful start with photos of John and Kate Wall who Davidson met by chance in 1955 while on military service in Arizona. John was ninety-four and Kate seventy-nine and in just thirteen superb photos Davidson reveals the depth of love between these two. One photo on page thirty has an extraordinary close-up of their holding hands. Another essay in this first book, that grabbed me, was England/Scotland 1960 which captured the tiredness of the country after years of austerity and before the Swinging England of the Sixties.
Book two 1961-1966, with twenty-three sections has some powerful photos of: Freedom Riders 1961; South 1962; Freedom March 1963; Birmingham, Alabama 1963; March to Washington and the Selma to Montgomery March 1965. In all 109 reportage photos covering the race politics of the era.Read more ›
One of the questions a member of the lecture audience asked was whether he was still taking picture assignments. He said he still took photos, but usually only for his own projects that usually last for at least a year. He said for the past seven years he has been attempting to catalogue and find repositories for his more than a million negatives. He said he first realized he needed to undertake that job when his relatives inquired whether he was planning to leave a big mess for them to clean up. He and his wife had been living in the same Upper West Side apartment for forty years and Davidson admits that he is not a neat-nick. Davidson realized that it was time to personally arrange and protect his life's work or it probably wasn't going to get done properly.
Outside Inside is one of the results of that realization.Read more ›
How Davidson has been able to edit the thousands of his photographs to just over 800 is a major accomplishment in itself. To this, add the many concise commentaries he has composed for each section in the three volumes. He writes as he photographs, with compassion from both heart and soul.
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A beautifully packaged three volume set of Bruce Davidson's works. Each book contains comprehensive notes on his photo shoots. Read morePublished 23 months ago by G. G. Davis
There are a total of 3 photo books in a nice package. The printing and paper quality is absolutely fantastic. It is my best buy for photo books in 2012. Read morePublished on August 21, 2012 by Vincent