The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of February 22, 2024



(American, b. 1933)
Image: 16 x 24 cm (6 5/16 x 9 7/16 in.); Paper: 20.3 x 25.2 cm (8 x 9 15/16 in.)
© Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

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


The gang member making out in the back seat of a car on the way home from Coney Island is Lefty, identifiable by his tattoo. “We always wondered why the girls liked him,” recalled Jokers member Bob Powers. “We never thought he was good-looking, but all the girls loved him. It was amazing.”
  • Bruce Davidson: Brooklyn Gang. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH (organizer) (October 25, 2020-June 13, 2021).
  • {{cite web|title=Untitled|url=false|author=Bruce Davidson|year=1959|access-date=22 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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