(American, b. 1933)
Gelatin silver print
Paper: 27.9 x 35.6 cm (11 x 14 in.)
Gift of an anonymous donor 2018.744
© 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.
Although most of the gang members’ time was spent in their neighborhood of Park Slope, Brooklyn, the Jokers sometimes took excursions. Few had access to cars, so most travel was by bus and subway. The subway fare of 15 cents—the equivalent of $1.33 today—would take them anywhere in New York City. Here a gang member and his girlfriend wait for a train on the neighborhood subway platform. The beach at Coney Island was a favorite summer destination for the gang.
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