Bruce Davidson’s extraordinary career spans sixty years and includes work for Life and Vogue, photographing Marilyn Monroe and being one of Magnum’s marquee photographers but it is his seminal work on the New York people and landscapes, plus his documenting of the Civil Rights Movement and other groundbreaking works that helped change how the art world viewed photography in the 60s. Now his prolific career is being celebrated in a heavy weight three volume book from Steidl entitled “Journey of Consciousness” which features over 800 images from the 50s to present day. In addition , his work is also being celebrated at two exhibitions in New York. The “Five Decades” exhibition at the Bruce Wolkowitz gallery , again takes a retrospective look at his career, this time taking his prints from the 50s and 60s and blowing them up to a 30 x 40 inch size, more commonly used by modern photographers, to breath new life into these iconic images by recontextualising them for a new generation. Whilst, the Howard Greenberg Gallery features a recreation of his “East 100th Street” exhibition, which was originally shown at MOMA in the 70s.
“Journey of Consciousness” is available from the end of November, and “Five Decades” and “East 100th Street” are on now and run until 19th December.
Thanks to Jose Parla for the heads up.