notes.husk.org. scribblings by Paul Mison.

2013-07-08

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I’ve posted Bruce Davidson’s famous photo of the girl with the cat before, but I’d not seen this wider version, from MoMA’s collection. It adds something, I think.

I’ve posted Bruce Davidson’s famous photo of the girl with the cat before, but I’d not seen this wider version, from MoMA’s collection. It adds something, I think.

2012-01-10

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Q. This is the much-talked-about photo, on Page 91, with a man in a red jacket holding a gun up to someone’s head …A. New York magazine called me, and they were doing a story on a series of subway undercover detectives, who dressed themselves and behaved in certain ways to entice muggers.And one detective was dressed as a rabbi with a beard, and he wore a gold chain. Of course, rabbis don’t wear chains, but the robber probably didn’t know that. I volunteered, since I had been mugged previously when I was alone… . I volunteered to be a decoy so, I acted in such a way to get mugged. Now, I always had my camera out around my neck when I took pictures because I can’t just hide the camera and then approach people. It has to be out there, in the open. I took a subway map out and pretended I was lost.The robber came into the car, robbed the sleeping rabbi/detective — took his chain right off his neck — and came towards me at the end of the car. He said, “Give me that camera!” And just at that moment, I lifted my camera and photographed him. And as I photographed him, [the detective] Billie moved in with the .38 and arrested him, so it was a simultaneous thing. One frame.Q. So what we’re seeing, the gentleman in red is actually a police officer.A. Yeah, he’s an undercover. And you see, he’s sitting there in the middle of the train with a boombox and dark glasses in that kind of hip-hop clothing, and the robber [thinks], “Oh, I got a brother. He’s going to help me. He’s not going to say anything.” And that was his fatal error.The group was disbanded after awhile because the bait was too good. Sometimes the cops looked so good, I was going to rob them myself.Q. What happened afterward? Are there other images from the incident?A. He was arrested, and I felt sorry for him. As soon as he robbed me, they took him out and cuffed him. They took him right off the train at 42nd Street.Then, I felt I couldn’t photograph him being arrested at that moment. I didn’t feel comfortable doing that, because he was cuffed and helpless.— Chicago Tribune interview with photographer Bruce Davidson
(Originally posted to mlkshk by zarate)

Q. This is the much-talked-about photo, on Page 91, with a man in a red jacket holding a gun up to someone’s head …

A. New York magazine called me, and they were doing a story on a series of subway undercover detectives, who dressed themselves and behaved in certain ways to entice muggers.

And one detective was dressed as a rabbi with a beard, and he wore a gold chain. Of course, rabbis don’t wear chains, but the robber probably didn’t know that. I volunteered, since I had been mugged previously when I was alone… . I volunteered to be a decoy so, I acted in such a way to get mugged. Now, I always had my camera out around my neck when I took pictures because I can’t just hide the camera and then approach people. It has to be out there, in the open. I took a subway map out and pretended I was lost.

The robber came into the car, robbed the sleeping rabbi/detective — took his chain right off his neck — and came towards me at the end of the car. He said, “Give me that camera!” And just at that moment, I lifted my camera and photographed him. And as I photographed him, [the detective] Billie moved in with the .38 and arrested him, so it was a simultaneous thing. One frame.

Q. So what we’re seeing, the gentleman in red is actually a police officer.

A. Yeah, he’s an undercover. And you see, he’s sitting there in the middle of the train with a boombox and dark glasses in that kind of hip-hop clothing, and the robber [thinks], “Oh, I got a brother. He’s going to help me. He’s not going to say anything.” And that was his fatal error.

The group was disbanded after awhile because the bait was too good. Sometimes the cops looked so good, I was going to rob them myself.

Q. What happened afterward? Are there other images from the incident?

A. He was arrested, and I felt sorry for him. As soon as he robbed me, they took him out and cuffed him. They took him right off the train at 42nd Street.

Then, I felt I couldn’t photograph him being arrested at that moment. I didn’t feel comfortable doing that, because he was cuffed and helpless.

— Chicago Tribune interview with photographer Bruce Davidson

(Originally posted to mlkshk by zarate)

2011-12-06

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“ To prepare myself for the subway, I started a crash diet, a military fitness exercise program, and early every morning I jogged in the park. I knew I would need to train like an athlete to be physically able to carry my heavy camera equipment around in the subway for hours every day. Also, I thought that if anything was going to happen to me down there I wanted to be in good shape, or at least to believe that I was. ”
Bruce Davidson, from a New York Times Review of Books excerpt of the introduction to his book Subway. (Previously.)

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“ Color in the subway was different. I found that the strobe light reflecting off the steel surfaces of the defaced subway cars created a new understanding of color. I had seen photographs of deep-sea fish thousands of fathoms below the ocean surface, glowing in total darkness once light had been applied. 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. ”
Bruce Davidson, from a New York Times Review of Books excerpt of the introduction to his book Subway. (Previously.)

2010-08-24

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“ I felt the need to belong when I took pictures to discover something inside myself while making an emotional connection to my subjects. ”
Bruce Davidson, quoted by Eclectic Media in their commentary on the Road to Freedom exhibition at the Bronx Museum.

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theunionforever:

bruce davidson

Using TinEye I found this magazine spread and the book it’s from. Apparently this photograph was taken in London in 1960.
(I vaguely recall posting this before, or at least seeing it. It’s certainly a great image.)

theunionforever:

bruce davidson

Using TinEye I found this magazine spread and the book it’s from. Apparently this photograph was taken in London in 1960.

(I vaguely recall posting this before, or at least seeing it. It’s certainly a great image.)

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buzzandersen:

Subway, lifeblood.
(via Whitney McNamara)

I posted about the Bruce Davidson photos at Tate Modern recently. If you like them, you might like the other NYC subway candid photos that Sean Kernick collated. (A reminder: if you can get to Southwark, it’s worth finding the Davidson room. Really.)

buzzandersen:

Subway, lifeblood.

(via Whitney McNamara)

I posted about the Bruce Davidson photos at Tate Modern recently. If you like them, you might like the other NYC subway candid photos that Sean Kernick collated. (A reminder: if you can get to Southwark, it’s worth finding the Davidson room. Really.)

2010-06-29

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More Bruce Davidson, from his Subway series.

More Bruce Davidson, from his Subway series.

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 More Bruce Davidson, from his Subway series.

 More Bruce Davidson, from his Subway series.

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