(American, b. 1933)
Gelatin silver print
Image: 16.9 x 25.6 cm (6 5/8 x 10 1/16 in.); Paper: 27.1 x 35 cm (10 11/16 x 13 3/4 in.); Mounted: 27.1 x 35 cm (10 11/16 x 13 3/4 in.)
Gift of an anonymous donor 2018.726
© Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos
One of Davidson’s best-known series, Brooklyn Gang was inspired by a news story about a teenage gang called the Jokers.
Grammar school P.S. 10 was near the Jokers’ turf, recalled former gang member Bob Powers. “Some of the teachers were cops and correction officers. They let us play basketball and have dances. Although we were a little older, they still let us in because we needed a place to hang out. There were little 45 records like ‘At the Hop’ [released in 1957] and we would dance the Lindy,” which they probably learned from their parents, since it originated in the 1920s and reached its peak of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s.
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