The photographer, who has specialized in documenting people at society’s fringe, reflects on his long and remarkable career, which is the subject of an exhibition at Howard Greenberg Gallery.
The photographer Bruce Davidson, who is eighty-five years old, has lived with his wife, Emily, in a rambling apartment on the Upper West Side for the past five decades. It is appointed with broken-in chairs and couches, an impressive folk-art collection, and has an extra bedroom, to accommodate visits from their four grandchildren. A bathroom has been transformed into a darkroom, complete with a custom-made Leitz enlarger and a fibre print washer installed in the claw-foot tub. An archive of Davidson’s prints and negatives are housed throughout the apartment in floor-to-ceiling shelving.
Recently launched Avec Artistsis a new boutique photo agency run by Carrie Ferriter in NYC. This new agency is part of Bruce Kramer’s growing fiefdom, the Kramer Creative Group which is set to launch this month along with a relaunch of JAW (Just Add Water
I took myself down to the site on the day I returned to get a feeling for it, and there I had this strange interaction with a policewoman. I was standing in the crowd and looking through my camera, and this cop struck me on my shoulder and threatened me. I was told that I couldn’t take pictures because this was a crime scene. We were standing on a public sidewalk in New York City, so I told her, “I am a citizen of this city and I can actually do this,” and she started to fight me. Then she threatened to take my camera away. They simply couldn’t do this to us, because it would take away history. I suddenly found myself politicized and realized this was what I could do to help.