Bruce Davidson: Subway

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Bruce Davidson: Subway

Bruce Davidson: Subway

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This photograph was taken as part of an ongoing series of color subway portraits in the early 1980s. He had an obsessive relationship with photography, writing about his life in his early 20s in his Greenwich Village apartment, “I had a red light in the fridge so I could eat cold chicken and print pictures at the same time. In today’s divided society—suffering from an epidemic of loneliness—these photographs are a reminder of the possibility and power of human connection. Bruce Davidson (born 1933) is considered one of America's most influential documentary photographers. The images present the full gamut of New Yorkers, from weary straphangers and languorous ladies in summer dresses to stalking predators and homeless persons.

In his work, formal and technical concerns remain below the surface, all but invisible of the life that is described, scarcely changed by its transmutation into art. Support for this exhibition is provided by an anonymous donor, the members of The San Diego Museum of Art, and the County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program. His naked prose, together with his compelling images, evoke the speeding sensation of a subway car, tunneling out of the darkness into a new light and unmistakable beauty. He also used the subway to travel to other parts of New York, including Coney Island, the Bronx Zoo, and the Lower East Side cafeteria.Henry Geldzahler was a curator of contemporary art in the late 20th century, as well as a modern art historian and art critic. We asked Davidson about his perspective on the work today and whether he thinks he would have been so drawn to the subject had it not been in such a state of disrepair: “[this] gave a tension and a purpose to my photographs,” he replied.

Subway" is Davidson's visceral take on the New York underground system of the 1980s complete with beleagured passengers, Guardian Angels, graffiti and a palpable, all-pervasive sense of fear. Davidson had an intimate style, and he often embedded himself closely with his subjects to complete his projects.

Davidson’s accompanying text tells the story behind the images, clarifying his method and dramatizing his experience. If they hesitated, I would pull out my portfolio and show them my subway work; if they said no, it was no forever. Préface de Henry Geldzhaler et 56 illustrations photographiques en couleurs choisies parmi plusieurs milliers de clichés réalisés par le photographe entre 1980 et 1985.

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