The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of May 26, 2024

Untitled (53742)

Untitled (53742)

(American, b. 1933)
Paper: 25.4 x 20.3 cm (10 x 8 in.)
© Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

Many of the customers who frequented this restaurant on New York’s Lower East Side were Holocaust survivors.


Davidson encountered the Garden Cafeteria in the early 1970s while making a film on Polish-born American author Isaac Bashevis Singer, who was a regular customer. Its clientele, mostly Jews who immigrated after World War II, appealed to Davidson because his own family were Jews who had emigrated from Poland. He spent hours with his sitters, learning their histories before empathetically clicking the shutter.
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