Bruce Davidson exhibition at Chris Beetles Gallery, London
April 26th, 2011
The magic of the darkroom made Bruce Davidson plunge into the world of photography. In 1940 his first camera in hand, he started to photograph his environment with nothing in mind but to express his feelings and to capture the moody scenes of everyday life. In 1958, he gave another dimension to his work when joining a circus, photographing the travelling existence of artists and performers. Later, living in Greenwich, a reading about rival gang fights in New York brought him to Coney Island and Harlem following and photographing the life of two teenage gangs. The same year, he entered the famous Magnum Agency after showing Henri Cartier Bresson a portfolio of his early work. Some of his photographs are currently exhibited at Chris Beetles gallery. In the Guardian website, Bruce Davidson talks to Sean O’Hagan about his first steps into photography and about his work.