Bruce Davidson - East 100th Street. PLUS 1 page handwritten letter from Bruce Davidson on his personal stationery presenting this copy to his friend. PLUS a vintage gelatin silver press photograph.
An impressive copy of the 1970 1st edition in hardback, INCLUDING A 1 PG HANDWRITTEN LETTER FROM BRUCE DAVIDSON ON HIS PERSONAL STATIONERY PRESENTING THIS COPY TO A FRIEND. Tight, solid and Near Fine in a clean, price-intact, Near Fine example of the printed mylar dustjacket, with just a touch of light chipping at the foot of the spine. Tall quarto, Davidson's crisp, masterful black-and-white photos throughout.WITH A VINTAGE GELATIN SILVER PRESS PHOTOGRAPH printed to promote the Museum of Modern Art exhibition "East 100th Street" September 23 through November 29, 1970 (detailed below):'Untitled' photograph from'East 100th Street' c. 1967-68 7.25 x 9.5 in, 18.2 x 24 cm image size, 8 x 10 in. Paper, Museum of Modern Art reproduction credit label adhered to the verso. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Masachusetts. Scarce hardcover edition with the extremely scarce dustjacket! Milestone in the history of photo books: Andrew Roth, The Book of 101 Books, page 196/197; Martin Parr, Gerry Badger, The Photobook, volume 1, page 18. For two years in the 1960s Bruce Davidson photographed the people living on one city block in East Harlem, New York, using a large-format view camera. The result "is an exemplary exercise in the humanist social documentary mode" (Parr & Badger). Parr & Badger II, 18; Roth, p. 277 x 230 mm (11 x 9 inch). 123 black and white photos. Introduction and edited by Bruce Davidson. Condition: Book inside and outside with light trace of use, but with no marks, no foxing, no creases, no tears, no defects. Dustjacket complete and nearly perfect; Overall fantastic condition! Scarce first printing with scarce dustjacket! Bruce Davidson began photography at the age of ten in Oak Park, Illinois. He attended the Rochester Institute of Technology and Yale University and was later drafted into the army and stationed near Paris where he met Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the four founders of the renowned international cooperative photo agency, Magnum Photos. After military service, in 1957, Davidson worked as a freelance photographer for Life Magazine and in 1958 became a full member of Magnum Photos. From 1958 to 1961 he created such seminal bodies of work as The Dwarf, Brooklyn Gang, and the Freedom Rides.
He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1962 to photograph what became a profound documentation of the Civil Rights Movement in America. In 1963 the Museum of Modern Art in New York presented his work in a solo show. In 1966 he was awarded the first grant for photography from the National Endowment for the Arts, and spent two years bearing witness to the dire social conditions on one block in East Harlem. This work was published by Harvard University Press in 1970 under the title East 100th Street and was later republished and expanded by St.
The work became an exhibition that same year at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1980 he captured the vitality of the New York Metro s underworld that was later published in his book Subway and exhibited at the International Center for Photography in 1982. In 1995 he photographed the landscape and layers of life of Central Park.Davidson continues to create classic bodies of work from his 50-year career that have been extensively published in monographs and are included in all the major public and private fine art collections around the world. Bruce Davidson began taking photographs at the age of ten in Oak Park, Illinois. While attending Rochester Institute of Technology and Yale University, he continued to further his knowledge and develop his passion. He was later drafted into the army and stationed near Paris. There he met Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the founders of the Magnum Photos. When he left military service in 1957, Davidson worked as a freelance photographer for LIFE magazine and in 1958 became a full member of Magnum.
From 1958 to 1961 he created such seminal bodies of work as The Dwarf, Brooklyn Gang, and Freedom Rides. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1962 and created a profound documentation of the civil rights movement in America.In 1963, the Museum of Modern Art in New York presented his early work in a solo show. In 1967, he received the first grant for photography from the National Endowment for the Arts, having spent two years witnessing the dire social conditions on one block in East Harlem. In 1980, he captured the vitality of the New York Metro's underworld that was later published in a book, Subway, and exhibited at the International Center of Photography in 1982. From 1991-95, he photographed the landscape and layers of life in Central Park.
In 2006, he completed a series of photographs titled "The Nature of Paris, " many of which have been shown and acquired by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Davidson received an Open Society Institute Individual Fellowship in 1998 to return to East 100th Street. His awards include the Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Photography in 2004 and a Gold Medal Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Arts Club in 2007.Classic bodies of work from his 50-year career have been extensively published in monographs and are included in many major public and private fine art collections around the world. He continues to photograph and produce new bodies of work.
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