Bruce Davidson: Subway

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Bruce Davidson: Subway

Bruce Davidson: Subway

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Also, just for precautionary measure, he wanted to be in good shape if something went wrong down there in the underground. This work was published by Harvard University Press in 1970 under the title East 100th Street and was later republished and expanded by St.

It’s a great social equalizer … From the moving train above ground, we see glimpses of the city, and as the train moves into the tunnels, sterile fluorescent light reaches into the stony gloom and we, trapped inside, all hang on together,” observes Davidson in the introduction to his book. The photographer’s descent into the city’s famed transit system followed a period of broader exploration in New York. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. The prints were issued in an un-numbered Limited Edition (limited to the number of prints purchased during the days in which the sale was open to the public).Speaking to us about how he views the project today, Davidson reiterates this sentiment: “I feel that there was a passion and a purpose to photographing in the subway. Institutional support for the Museum is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture. While not strictly a New York photographer, Bruce Davidson has created some of the most iconic New York photographs of the 20th century. If they hesitated, I would pull out my portfolio and show them my subway work; if they said no, it was no forever. Sometimes, I’d take the picture, then apologize, explaining that the mood was so stunning I couldn’t break it, and hoped they didn’t mind.

Other times, the moment would be too perfect and Davidson would photograph without permission, explaining himself after the image was safely imprinted on his film. He knew he had to train like an athlete to carry around his heavy equipment in the subway for hours each day. Disrupting the closed off realm of riders who captured his eye was a central part of Davidson’s process: “if they said, ‘Yes’, it was yes; if they said, ‘No,’ then I knew it was no forever. I photographed the people I had known there, survivors from the war and the death camps who had clung together after the Holocaust to re-root themselves in this strange land. The subway interior was defaced with a secret handwriting that covered the walls, windows, and maps.I revisited the Lower East Side cafeteria where I’d photographed several years before… The cafeteria was a haven for the elderly Jewish people surviving the decaying nearby neighborhoods. In his work, formal and technical concerns remain below the surface, all but invisible of the life that is described, scarcely changed by its transmutation into art.

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