Brooklyn Gang

Untitled (51205)

(American, b. 1933)
Paper: 50.8 x 61 cm (20 x 24 in.)
© Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos
Location: not on view
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One of Davidson’s best-known series, Brooklyn Gang was inspired by a news story about a teenage gang named the Jokers.


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.”
Untitled (51205)

Untitled (51205)


Bruce Davidson

(American, b. 1933)

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