Bruce Davidson, Photographs of the Civil Rights Movement and East Harlem
Through July 5. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays
Jackson Fine Art, 3115 E. Shadowlawn Ave., Atlanta. 404-233-3739
Magnum photographer Bruce Davidson has tackled a range of subjects from circus life to photographing celebrities like Brad Pitt. Though some of the most important work of this iconic American photographer is his coverage of the Civil Rights movement; currently on view at the Jackson Fine Art Gallery in Atlanta, GA.
Davidson’s photographs don’t capture the public events of the Civil Rights Movement like the protests and demonstrations. Instead he gets up close and personal with each of his subjects, capturing their intimate moments of struggle and strife fueled by determination.
A great photographer uses all of his life experience and skills to get the shot. Bruce Davidson has mastered this. In this Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, he describes how he was able to dart in and out of dangerous situations during his coverage of the Civil Rights by using his high school track star abilities.
Davidson’s photographs have great impact, partly due to his use of composition. Look at a Bruce Davidson photograph. Take a few minutes to scan every corner and inch of the frame… it’s loaded with details about the subject and their relationship to the environment/events occurring around them.
PHOTO: Copyright Bruce Davidson – During the 1961 Freedom Rides, Bruce Davidson captured this image of riders singing.