Untitled (40088)

Brooklyn Gang

Untitled (40088)

1959

Bruce Davidson

(American, b. 1933)

Gelatin silver print

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

Gift of an anonymous donor 2018.742

Location

Did you know?

Davidson’s series Brooklyn Gang was inspired by a news story he read about a teenage gang called the Jokers.

Description

“The hole,” a space 3½ feet wide by 30 feet long between two buildings, was one of the places where the Jokers went to drink beer, smoke pot, and occasionally pop a pill. “We used to have the big guys buy full quarts of beer,” remembered Bob Powers. “Then we’d go down in the hole, open one at a time, and pass it around until they were empty.” A pipe six feet above the bottom of the hole “was like our ‘high bar,’” recalled Powers, seen here swinging on it. “We’d all do tricks and flips on this thing.”

See also
Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph

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