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Coney Island, NY (from Brooklyn Gang)

Bruce Davidson, American, b. 9/5/33

Creation date: 1959
Creation place: United States

Other Information

Type: Photographic prints
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print
Credit Line: Gift of Cam and Wanda Garner
Accession Number: 2020.350
State/Province: New York
Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 12 3/4 in. (21.59 x 32.39 cm)
Currently on view

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Masters of Photography: The Garner Collection, November 14, 2020

In his first major photographic series, twenty-five-year old Bruce Davidson immersed himself in a gang of teenagers called the Jokers, exploring and exposing the culture of wayward city youth. The Jokers' disadvantaged backgrounds and their rebellion against a society that had failed to provide for them formed a strong camaraderie. At Coney Island as the gang lounges, smokes, and show off for each other, the duality of the innocence of childhood and the dangers of their delinquent lifestyle are poignantly juxtaposed.

Last Updated: 12/7/2020

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Masters of Photography: Works from the Cam Garner Collection , 11/14/2020 - 3/14/2021


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