The exhibition Bruce Davidson opens at the WestLicht Gallery in Vienna on 14 June, with an evening reception starting at 19.00. The major retrospective of the US-American photographer’s work will be on display at the gallery until 13 August.
Bruce Davidson (born 1933) is one of the leading representatives of humanist photography. A member of Magnum Photos for close to sixty years, he counts among the agency’s most widely recognised and influential photographers, whose reportages on marginalised groups and subcultures have shaped the genre like few others.
The exhibition presents a comprehensive overview of the photographer’s body of work, right up to his most recent project Nature of Los Angeles (2008–2013). The primary focus, however, is on his most famous series such as Brooklyn Gang (1959), Time of Change: Civil Rights Movement (1961–1965) and East 100th Street (1966–1968).
Davidson’s work is defined not so much by a specific style, but by his personal perception of reality. This characteristic extends beyond single images, and manifests itself in repetitions and juxtapositions of topics and protagonists. His ability to build familiarity and trust allowed him to enter people’s lives, even when documenting controversial themes. For the viewer, this gives rise to an almost intimate connection with the subjects in Davidson’s outstanding photographs.
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