(American, b. 1933)
Gelatin silver print
Image: 16 x 23.9 cm (6 5/16 x 9 7/16 in.); Paper: 20.3 x 25.2 cm (8 x 9 15/16 in.)
© Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos
Gift of an anonymous donor 2018.719
One of Davidson’s best-known series, Brooklyn Gang, was inspired by a news story he read about a gang feud.
This rooftop view in Park Slope, Brooklyn, was taken from a building in the gang’s “turf,” which was a block anchored by the intersection of 17th Street and 8th Avenue. Davidson spent the summer hanging out with the gang and photographing them. Describing his process, the artist said, “I stay a long time. . . . I am an outsider on the inside.” Park Slope, now one of New York’s most desirable neighborhoods, was then a poor, mostly Irish area.
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