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Powerful Vintage Photos Shed Light on Overlooked People in the 1950s & ‘60s

More Historical Photography by Bruce Davidson

 

Time of Change, 1961 — 1965

Civil Rights Photos by Bruce Davidson

Bruce Davidson, Time of Change, 1965
Gelatin silver print, printed no later than 1969, 6 1/2 x 9 3/8 inches
© Bruce Davidson, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery/Magnum Photos

In 1961, Davidson joined a group of Freedom Riders on the bus ride to Mississippi as both a participant and photographer. His images showcase the Civil Rights movement from the front lines, depicting those struggling for justice and equality amid protesting and police violence. Davidson photographed many facets of this era, from the Freedom Rides to the 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March.

Civil Rights Photos by Bruce Davidson

Bruce Davidson, Time of Change, 1965
Gelatin silver print, printed no later than 1968, 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches
© Bruce Davidson, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery/Magnum Photos

Civil Rights Photos by Bruce Davidson

Bruce Davidson, Time of Change, 1962-1965
Gelatin silver print, 4 5/8 x 6 3/4 inches
© Bruce Davidson, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery/Magnum Photos

Civil Rights Photos by Bruce Davidson

Bruce Davidson, Time of Change, (Viola La Rusa’s Car, Selma March, Birmingham Alabama), 1965
Gelatin silver print, printed no later than 1967, 6 3/8 x 9 1/2 inches
© Bruce Davidson, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery/Magnum Photos

Civil Rights Photos by Bruce Davidson

Time of Change, 1963 © Bruce Davidson, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery/Magnum Photos

East 100th Street, 1966 — 1968

Black and White Bruce Davidson

Bruce Davidson, East 100th Street, 1966
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1966, 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches
© Bruce Davidson, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery/Magnum Photos

From 1966 to 1968, Davidson documented the neglected people of East 100th Street in Manhattan. He first befriended 18-year-old José Rosa and then made contact with others in the East Harlem community by knocking on doors and introducing himself. “My way of working,” Davidson has said, “is to enter an unknown world, explore it over a period of time, and learn from it.” The images in this series bring humanity to a place that was forgotten by many.

Historical Photos by Bruce Davidson

Bruce Davidson, East 100th Street, 1966-68
Gelatin silver print, printed 1969, 8 3/8 x 6 1/4 inches
© Bruce Davidson, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery/Magnum Photos

Black and White Bruce Davidson

Bruce Davidson, East 100th Street, 1966-68
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1966-68, 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
© Bruce Davidson, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery/Magnum Photos

Black and White Bruce Davidson

Bruce Davidson, East 100th Street, 1966
Gelatin silver print, printed no later than 1970, 9 1/4 x 7 inches
© Bruce Davidson, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery/Magnum Photos

Black and White Bruce Davidson

Bruce Davidson, East 100th Street Facade, 1966-68
Gelatin silver print, printed c.1966-68, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches
© Bruce Davidson, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery/Magnum Photos

Black and White Bruce Davidson

East 100th Street, 1966-68 © Bruce Davidson, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery/Magnum Photos

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Howard Greenberg Gallery.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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