Bruce Davidson (American, b. 1933) is a photographer who has been a member of the Magnum Photos agency since 1958. He began taking photographs at age ten in his hometown of Oak Park, Illinois. Davidson attended Rochester Institute of Technology and Yale University. He was drafted into the army near Paris, where he met Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the founders of Magnum Photos. Davidson left military service in 1957, working as a freelance photographer for LIFE magazine. He received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1962 and documented the civil rights movement in America. In 1963, his early work was exhibited in a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art. In 1967, Davidson received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, having spent two years observing the social conditions of East 100th Street, which was published by Harvard University Press in 1970 and then republished and expanded by St. Ann’s Press, and later exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art. He is also known for capturing New York’s subway system in the 1980s and the landscape of Central Park. He received the Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Photography in 2004 and a Gold Medal Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Arts Club in 2007.
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