Brooklyn Gang

Untitled (40087)

1959
(American, b. 1933)
Paper: 27.9 x 35.6 cm (11 x 14 in.)
© Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos
Location: not on view
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One of Davidson’s best-known series, Brooklyn Gang was inspired by a news story about a teenage gang called the Jokers.

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The gang members were very concerned with their appearance, although they did not have much money to spend on grooming or clothes. “If you see a picture of me,” said former gang member Bob Powers, “the broken tooth, my teeth were green because I didn’t go to the dentist. We never had any money even though my father worked. . . . We used Vaseline petroleum jelly to make our hair stick like iron in a pompadour. We combed our hair constantly, wore sunglasses, and all thought we were Marlon Brandos.”
Untitled (40087)

Untitled (40087)

1959

Bruce Davidson

(American, b. 1933)
America

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