Untitled (40065)

Brooklyn Gang

Untitled (40065)

1959

Bruce Davidson

(American, b. 1933)

Gelatin silver print

Paper: 27.9 x 35.6 cm (11 x 14 in.)

Gift of an anonymous donor 2018.732

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Did you know?

One of Davidson’s best-known series, Brooklyn Gang was inspired by a news story he read about a teenage gang called the Jokers.

Description

Childhood pastimes like playing yo-yo were a thing of the distant past for 15-year-old Bob Powers, a Joker seen here leaning against a fixture in Helen’s Candy Store. He had already been in and out of the court system numerous times by 1959. Powers stabbed someone when he was 12 and had been incarcerated for bringing zip guns (homemade firearms) and chains to school, where, Powers said, he was voted “most likely to die before I was 21 years old.”

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Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph

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