(American, b. 1933)
Gelatin silver print
Paper: 13.9 x 17.6 cm (5 1/2 x 6 15/16 in.); Image: 11.4 x 16.9 cm (4 1/2 x 6 5/8 in.)
© Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos
Gift of an anonymous donor 2018.716
One of Davidson’s best-known series, Brooklyn Gang was inspired by a news story he read about a teenage gang called the Jokers.
The Jokers roughhoused and fought among themselves but were not allowed to hurt each other. Real violence was reserved for those in other gangs or occasionally for civilians. “Did we fight with chains and pipes and knives? Yeah,” gang member Bob Powers reminisced years later. “Did people get stabbed? Yeah, people got stabbed. And people got their heads cracked open with bats.”
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