(American, b. 1933)
Gelatin silver print
Image: 15.8 x 24.1 cm (6 1/4 x 9 1/2 in.); Paper: 20.1 x 25.4 cm (7 15/16 x 10 in.)
© Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos
Gift of an anonymous donor 2018.722
One of Davidson’s best-known series, Brooklyn Gang was inspired by a news story about a teenage gang called the Jokers.
After a day at the beach at Coney Island, the teens “would take the long bus ride back to their neighborhood,” remembered Bruce Davidson. “As they sat in the rear of the bus, the sunlight burned through the windows, giving them an angelic glow. They would drift into their dreams and awake alert to the mean streets awaiting them.”
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