The first retrospective in Spain featuring the work of Bruce Davidson exists at Fundación MAPFRE, at its exhibition hall in Barcelona. Davidson is a leading exponent of humanist photography and a member of the Magnum agency.
An overview of the artist’s entire career, spanning over fifty years of continuous work, will be shown including East 100th Street (1966-68) – where Davidson captured an infamously run-down block in Harlem for two years – and Time of Change: Civil Rights Movement (1961-65) – where Davidson followed the Civil Rights Movement and Freedom Riders around the U.S., his photographs telling the story of the struggle for equal rights and justice. Also shown are his latest works Nature of Paris (2007) and Nature of Los Angeles (2008-15) where Davidson explores hidden wonders of nature through plant life and gardens in the two cities.
The artist’s passion for photography began at a very young age and has continued to drive the development of many seminal bodies of work, characterised by a personal vision of reality that reiterates and juxtaposes themes and characters. Across all his work, Davidson has created strong bonds of trust with those he photographs which allows his art to portray a true reflection of life, even when dealing with harsh subjects. This particaulr exhibition shows Davidson’s commitment to his work and the precarious, vulnerable and real environments in which the daily existence of the people he photographed unfolds.
Bruce Davidson, Fundación MAPFRE, until 28 August. For more information, visit www.fundacionmapfre.org
1. USA. New York City. 1959. Brooklyn Gang. © Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos.