Sometimes we New Yorkers get so caught up in the bustle of everyday life in the city that we forget just how beautiful it actually is. Sure, there's too many people, piles of trash, possum-sized rats, and reeking sewers everywhere, but despite its blatantly filthy exterior lies a beauty that can't be found anywhere else in the world. I had a chance to attend the Levi's Photo Workshop with Bruce Davidson last fall where attendees got a slideshow tour of his work and a personal narration from the legend himself. The presentation was nothing short of remarkable and it's an experience I'll never forget. We got to hear directly from Bruce what is was like being in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement, and tales like getting held up in the subway as he was shooting photos, and walking through a dangerous Central Park at 2am in the 1960s; and how he gave up photography in the very lucrative fashion industry to shoot real life.
If you're not familiar with Bruce Davidson, he's a famed photographer most known for his vivid, raw photos of the the Civil Rights Movement and New York City. His black and white stills captured everything from supermodels to Martin Luther King Jr., to the slums of Harlem. His pictures, till this day, are still some of the most beautiful, raw images to capture the essence of a city. Not because they're glamorous but because they're real. This is an ode to the legendary, incomparable Bruce Davidson.
All photos copyright Bruce Davidson/Magnum