Bruce Davidson: Brooklyn Gang
Barbara Tannenbaum, Ph.D., Curator of Photography
An introduction to the work of Bruce Davidson (b. 1933) and his photo series, Brooklyn Gang (1959). One of the most respected and influential American documentary photographers of the past half century, Davidson offered an independent look at America in the age of visual and social homogenization presented by Life and Look magazines.
Brooklyn Gang was the fruit of several months spent photographing the daily lives of the Jokers, one of the many teenage street gangs worrying New York City officials at the time. Fifty photographs from that series were part of a recent anonymous gift to the museum. Included in the series are several sets of variant images that afford a rare glimpse into Davidson’s working process.
Barbara Tannenbaum joined the museum in 2011 after a distinguished 26-year tenure at the Akron Art Museum. She has organized well over 100 exhibitions during her four-decade career as a curator and academic, including the first comprehensive historical survey of women photographers. Recent exhibitions under Tannenbaum’s purview highlighted artists such as Edward Weston, Edward Burtynsky, Rebecca Norris Webb, Hank Willis Thomas, Danny Lyon, TR Ericsson, Louis Draper and Ilse Bing.