The Bárbara de Braganza Hall at MAPFRE Foundation is hosting the first retrospective in Spain of American photographer Bruce Davidson (Illinois, USA, 1933), who has been a member of Magnum Photos agency since 1958. His photos show an interesting humane side.
The MAPFRE exhibition shows photographs from some of Davidson’s best-known series, such as Brooklyn Gang, East 100th Street or Time of Change: Civil Rights. It also includes pieces from his latest works: Nature of Paris and Nature of Los Angeles. All these series reveal a humanistic look, focusing on people.
Davidson’s photos are portraits of major social issues: social tensions in England, mining in Wales, gangs in Brooklyn, the Civil Rights Movement in USA, harsh living conditions in Harlem… His lens is committed to the difficult predicament and the vulnerability of the people being portrayed.
In the past two decades, Davidson turned his eye to nature. His latest projects, Nature of Paris and Nature of Los Angeles, suggest a view of shared spaces between the natural and the urban elements in big cities.
Davidson set up his first dark room at home when he was ten. His earliest pictures, of streets in his neighbourhood, already reflect his peculiar vision of reality, transforming subjects and themes into objects of research and study through reiteration. Drafting a history of struggle and success, he offers a unique perspective on the developments of modern society in the twentieth century.
The exhibition was organised by MAPFRE Foundation with the help of Magnum Photos and support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.