Monday, January 3, 2011

Home is where the heart is


For two years in the 1960s, Bruce Davidson photographed one block in East Harlem. He went back day after day, standing on sidewalks, knocking on doors, asking permission to photograph a face, a child, a room, a family...

Davidson's strobe doesn't dispel the gloom or glamorize the ruin of the apartments, alleyways, storefronts, and rubble-strewn lots where people stopped to pose for him, but the rapport he established allows those people to surrender to the camera with their humanity intact. --Vince Aletti

Like the people who live on the block, I love and hate it and I keep going back. --Bruce Davidson 

Bruce Davidson: East 100th Street

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