Many of the photographers I would love to meet are gone.
It always fascinates me to make the visual connection between the photographer and the images.
On Saturday night I met Bruce Davidson.
. Click the link for a strong background piece from his photo agency,Magnum.
His book East 100th Street is one that has been on my shelves for years.
And his book SUBWAY is phenomenal.
Earlier this year there was an exhibit the Metropolitan Museum in NYC by Walker Evans.
The subject, subways was the same, but what a different take Mr. Davidson had.
Yes another time period, but………..
I won’t discount Mr. Evans vision and perspective, but Mr. Davidsonâ€™s imagery moved me in such a different way. The electricity of the subway that I know was so visceral and visible in his images that I was truly moved. Perhaps seeing these images in all of their printed glory was the deciding factor.
I don’t know.
Meeting the man was also an eye opener.
Soft spoken ,older guy, with , yes , a camera slung across his shoulder.
I didn’t even register what make/model it was but it was of no consequence. Here was a major artist whose tool of choice was ever present. That was the message to me.
Gracious,real and different from the image I had.
The press photos presented to me of this photographer before tonight were of the daring man sporting a bandanna photographing the heart of NYC.
Oh yes, the images on the wall bespoke the eye.
But I was thrilled to meet him. The images he had produced and were in my brain became a little less mysterious. Not a bad thing mind you. But more of a revelation as to the person behind the lens.
East 100 Street is a graphic , honest (to me) collection.
And Subway is..well…just an emotional experience.
If you are in the Los Angeles area , please visit one of our all time favorite galleries, the ROSE gallery and check this one out.
Take a look in our Archives on the right hand side of this page, for some more images from the show.
And if you have the dough, pick up a copy of East 100th Street, and if you have more dough ($300) pick up a copy of Subway.
We picked up a copy of East 100th St, for our readers. Signed by Bruce Davidson.
Stay tuned for information as to how you can own this copy.