Bruce Davidson Shares His Work and Stories at Upcoming Events at Strand and Aperture

By - Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Few photographers have captured the gritty essence of the streets of New York quite like Magnum photographer Bruce Davidson. His subjects have ranged from Brooklyn gangs in the 1950’s to a two-year documentation of an infamous block in East Harlem, East 100th Street, in the late 1960’s. He’s having a couple big events in the next few weeks so mark your calendars. On Monday, Strand will host Bruce Davidson as he discusses his work and gives a slideshow presentation to celebrate the release of the third edition of his classic book, Subway. First published in 1986, Subway was a ground-breaking series that documented unique subjects against the backdrop of the New York City transit system and the writing on the walls that was omnipresent at the time. The series was known for its use of extreme color and shadow set against flash-lit skin. In Davidson’s own words, “the people in the subway, their flesh juxtaposed against the graffiti, the penetrating effect of the strobe light itself, and even the hollow darkness of the tunnels, inspired an aesthetic that goes unnoticed by passengers who are trapped underground, hiding behind masks, and closed off from each other.” See the artist discuss his work in person and tell the story behind the images at the Strand Bookstore. Then, on October 13th head over to Chelsea’s Aperture Gallery to see the photographs in person at the opening of Davidson’s Subway Exhibition. Bruce Davidson book signing and slideshow presentation Monday, September 26, 2011, 7:00-8:00pm Strand Bookstore 828 Broadway, 3rd floor Rare Book Room Buy the book Subway or a $10 Strand Gift Card in order to attend the event. Bruce Davidson: Subway Exhibition Opening reception: Thursday, October 13, 2011, 6:00 pm Exhibition on view: October 4, 2011–October 29, 2011 Aperture Gallery 547 West 27th Street, 4th floor New York, New York 10001 Via: aperture.org Post by Cosbe

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