Brooklyn Gang, Summer 1959.
Photographs by Bruce Davidson.
Twin Palms Publishers, Santa Fe, 1998. 96 pp., 67 sheet-fed gravure illustrations, 10x11".

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Out of Print.

First edition, second printing of 2000 copies.

As New condition in As New dust jacket.

'Photography book of the year '
-Vince Aletti, The Village Voice

'This was our block; I mean we owned the block. Nobody could tell us what to do or how to do it or anything like that. There was us guys, who were at this particular time, in 1959, fifteen, sixteen, and there was the older guys. There was a lot of them and there was a lot of us, and nobody could come on the block or bother us or anything like that. It was a very safe place to be, on the corner of 17th Street and 8th Avenue. '
-from the Interview with Bengie

'What Mr. Davidson captures so well is that all these details-the part in the hair, the length of the fingernails, the cigarette grip-matter greatly. Looking at these sweet and wistful photographs, it seems more likely that Mr. I)avidson's watchful eye made the kids more ingenuous than they ever wanted to look....'
-Sarah Boxer, The New York Times

During the summer of 1959, Bruce Davidson followed a loosely knit 'gang' of teenagers around Brooklyn, New York. His camera captured these children of the James Dean generation in both private and public moments at the soda fountain, the tattoo parlor, Coney island, and late-night basement dance parties. The beautiful adolescents that fill the pages of this book exude a cool sensuality which came by way of the young Brando and Dean, and traveled from American shores around the world. Davidson has created an exquisite photographic elegy for a time when, in retrospect, we all seemed young.


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