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Brooklyn Gang
     

Brooklyn Gang

by Bruce Davidson (Introduction)
 
During the summer of 1959, Bruce Davidson followed a loosely knit "gang" of teenagers around Brooklyn, New York. His camera captured these children of the James Dean generation in both private and public moments at the soda fountain, the tattoo parlor, Coney Island, and late night basement dance parties. The beautiful adolescents that fill the pages of this book exude

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During the summer of 1959, Bruce Davidson followed a loosely knit "gang" of teenagers around Brooklyn, New York. His camera captured these children of the James Dean generation in both private and public moments at the soda fountain, the tattoo parlor, Coney Island, and late night basement dance parties. The beautiful adolescents that fill the pages of this book exude a cool sensuality which came by way of the young Brando and Dean, and traveled from American shores around the world. Davidson has created an exquisite photographic elegy for a time when, in retrospect, we all seemed young.

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In 1959, when now-acclaimed photographer Bruce Davidson was only 25 years old, he began documenting several months in the life of a Brooklyn street gang called the Jokers. Davidson photographed the gang members, he writes in Brooklyn Gang, "as they stood late at night on the street corner, hung out in the candy store, or went to the beach at Coney Island with their girlfriends." Although a few of the photos were published in Esquire magazine, only now have a large number of the photos been collected in book form. These portraits of angry, disaffected youths who turn to one another for a sense of connection and community serve to remind us that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780944092507
Publisher:
Twin Palm Publishers
Publication date:
11/06/1998
Pages:
98
Product dimensions:
10.41(w) x 11.38(h) x 0.66(d)

Meet the Author

     Bruce Davidson worked as a freelance photographer for Life Magazine and joined Magnum Photos in 1958. As a documentary photographer, he produced two photo essays, "Brooklyn Gang" and the "Freedom Rides."  He photographed the Civil Rights Movement, including a rally in Harlem, Ku Klux Klan cross burnings, and the marches in Birmingham and Selma, Alabama. In 1966 he won the first photography grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to document East 100th Street in Harlem; this work was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art.

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