Bruce Davidson: Lot of 6 Books (ALL SIGNED!)
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A small library of six books by Magnum great Bruce Davidson, ALL SIGNED!
Includes: Bruce Davidson: Photographs (1978); Du magazine. No. 337. March, 1969 (with East 100th St. photos); Subsistence U.S.A. (1973); Central Park (1995); Time of Change: Civil Rights Photographs, 1961-1965 (2002) and Subway (2011 Aperture reprint)

Bruce Davidson: Photographs. Introduction by Henry Geldzahler. Agrinde/Summit, New York, 1978. 167 pp. SIGNED on title page. Squarish quarto.
Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. Numerous black-and-white reproductions.

This retrospective monograph contains photographs from fifteen of Davidson's photo-essays taken over a twenty year period, including The Widow of Montmartre(1956), The Dwarf(1958), Brooklyn Gang(1959), The Bridge(1963), Black Americans(1962-65), The Cafeteria(1976). Summing up Davidson's achievement to date John Szarkowski wrote, "Few contemporary photographers give us their observations so unembellished--so free of apparent craft or artifice."

Du magazine. No. 337. March, 1969. New York--East 100th Street. [Text + 56 pp. from Davidson's landmark series, appearing here prior to their appearance in the 1970 Harvard University Press monograph; includes several gate-folds].
Some wear at edges; otherwise Fine.

East 100th Street in Harlem was one of New York's most neglected and infamous neighborhoods at the time that a young Davidson began to regularly visit and photograph with his 4x5 camera. He was able to photograph the lives inside these tenament buildings with full trust, producing an intimacy in the work unmatched before that time and matched by few since.

Subsistence U.S.A. Photographs by Bruce Davidson. Text by Carol Hill. Subsistence Press/Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, 1973. 192 pp. Quarto. SIGNED on title page. Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. Black-and-white reproductions.
Fine-; some shelf wear.

The images by Davidson that illustrate this narrative expose of subsistence living in the U.S or A. in the early 70s combine the clear eyed observations of Walker Evans with the pathos of Raymond Carver. This book followed Davidson's celebrated East 100th St. by three years.

Central Park. Photographs by Bruce Davidson. Essay by Marie Winn. Preface by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers. Aperture, New York, 1995. 88 pp. First edition. Signed on Front fly-leaf. Oblong quarto. Hardbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 60 duotone illustrations.
Near Fine; moderate shelf wear; corners lightly abraded; Very Good+ jacket; three small edge tears; shallow crease rear panel.

Bruce Davidson is known for his ability to capture the essence of urban experience. In this book, he departs from the city to give us a book of wildlife photographs. There is a twist, however--all of the wildlife is in the middle of New York City. Davidson masterfully reveals a sublime vision which manages to make even the most familiar subjects take on a powerful poeticism, focusing as much on a man seeking refuge on a cold winter night as on a newborn baby bird. Accompanying the images are an essay by author Marie Winn, and a preface by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Director of the Central Park Conservancy.

Time of Change: Civil Rights Photographs, 1961-1965 . Photographs by Bruce Davidson. Foreword by Congressman John Lewis. Introduction by Deborah Willis. St. Ann's Press, Los Angeles, 2002. 172 pp. Large, square quarto. First edition. SIGNED on half-title page. Clothbound with tipped on cover image. Original acetate dust jacket. 140 tritone reproductions.
Fine+

"In In May 1961, two buses filled with Freedom Riders—civil rights workers protesting segregation in interstate travel—launched a trip from Washington, D.C., to Birmingham, Alabama. After the first bus was firebombed outside Anniston, Alabama, the second bus of Freedom Riders made it to Birmingham, where it was attacked by an angry mob. When another Freedom Ride was attempted a few weeks later, photographer Bruce Davidson set out to cover the story. He met the Freedom Riders in Montgomery, Alabama, where they boarded a Trailways bus bound for Jackson, Mississippi. Along the way, Davidson photo-graphed the activists as they sang songs and watched nervously as seething crowds and cordons of federal marshals formed outside the bus windows. Upon arrival at the Jackson bus station, all of the Freedom Riders were arrested by Mississippi police. "--Kristen Lubben, ICP.

Subway. Text and photographs by Bruce Davidson. Aperture, New York, 2011. 144 pp. Small folio. Third edition. SIGNED on title page. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 118 four-color images.
As New.

"In 1986, Aperture first published Bruce Davidson’s Subway—which has garnered critical acclaim both as a document of a unique moment in the cultural fabric of New York City, and for its phenomenal use of extremes of 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.”

In this third edition, a sequence of 118 images (twenty-five never-before-published) move the viewer through a landscape at times menacing, at others lyrical, soulful, and satiric. They depict the full panoply of New Yorkers—weary straphangers, languorous ladies, stalking predators, the homeless.

Davidson’s text tells the story behind the images, detailing his obsession with the subway, its rhythms, and its particular madness. His naked prose, together with his compelling images, evoke the speeding sensation of a subway car, tunneling out of the darkness into new light and unmistakable beauty."--the publisher.
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