Untitled (51205)

Brooklyn Gang

Untitled (51205)

1959

Bruce Davidson

(American, b. 1933)

Gelatin silver print

Paper: 50.8 x 61 cm (20 x 24 in.)

Gift of an anonymous donor 2018.685

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Did you know?

One of Davidson’s best-known series, Brooklyn Gang was inspired by a news story about a teenage gang named the Jokers.

Description

Shown here on the Coney Island boardwalk, from left to right, are gang members Junior Rice, Bob Powers, and Lefty, who “was a pretty tough guy in the gang and then he went to jail for about a year,” according to Powers. “He came out and he just lost it. He wasn’t the same guy. Something happened and nobody knew what. . . . We protected him a bit, but he caught a couple of bad beatings and lost his reputation. He ate a lot of pills one night and never woke up. His mother found him dead. OD’d in bed at 19. He was the first in the group to die from a drug overdose.”

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Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph

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