Untitled (40522)

Circus

Untitled (40522)

1958

Bruce Davidson

(American, b. 1933)

Gelatin silver print

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

Gift of an anonymous donor 2018.830

Location

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Traveling circuses seemed to be dying out when Davidson began to chronicle them in 1958.

Description

Returning sporadically to the subject through 1967, he photographed the spectacle of performance, but was most strongly drawn to the performers’ mundane daily lives and the duality of their stage and real personalities. He paid special attention to Jimmy Armstrong, a clown and little person who adopted the name “Little Man” in his performances.

See also
Department: 
Photography
Type of artwork: 
Photograph

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