Born in Chicago in 1933, Bruce Davidson began photographing at the age of ten in Oak Park, Illinois. Davidson studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Yale University before being drafted into the army. After leaving military service in 1957, he freelanced for Life and in 1958 became a member of Magnum Photos. From 1958 to 1961 he created such seminal bodies of work as The Dwarf, Brooklyn Gang, and Freedom Rides.
Davidson’s solo exhibitions include those at the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Walker Art Center, and his awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and the first National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Photography.
Classic bodies of work from his 60-year career have been extensively published in monographs and are included in many major public and private fine art collections around the world. He continues to photograph and produce new bodies of work.
England / Scotland 1960 offers a poetic insight into the heart of English and Scottish cultures. Reflecting a post-war era in which the revolutions of the 1960s had not quite yet entered the mainstream, Davidson’s photographs reveal societies driven by difference – the extremes of city and country life, of the landed gentry and the common people.
Video: 2018 Infinity Award: Lifetime Achievement — Bruce Davidson (Youtube)