This volume presents Bruce Davidson’s personal selections from his lesser-known color archive, from a period of nearly sixty years. Assignments from various magazines including Vogue, National Geographic, Life, as well as commercial projects, led Davidson to photograph subjects as diverse as fashion (in the early 1960s), the Shah of Iran with his family (1964), keepers of French monuments (1988), the supermodel Kylie Bax (1997), and college cheerleaders (1989). He photographed in India and China, but also at home in New York, in Chicago, and along the Pacific Coast Highway. In 1968, Michelangelo Antonioni invited Davidson to document the making of his film ‟Zabriskie Point.” Davidson also continued to pursue personal projects, such as photographing the Yiddish writer and Nobel Prize laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer (1972–75), the New York City subway (1980), and Katz’s Delicatessen (2004). Often staying on in a country after an official assignment, Davidson documented Welsh coalfields and family holidays in Martha’s Vineyard, and travelled through Patagonia and Mexico.
I began to feel that color could articulate the grim reality in a way that black and white might not.
Born in 1933, Bruce Davidson began photographing at the age of ten in Oak Park, Illinois. Davidson studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Yale University before being drafted into the army. After leaving military service in 1957, he freelanced for Life and in 1958 became a member of Magnum Photos. Davidson’s work is held in many major museum collections and his awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship (1962) and the first National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Photography (1967). In 2011 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Davidson’s books at Steidl include Circus (2007), Outside Inside (2010), Subway (2011) and Black & White (2012).
Bruce Davidson – In Color
Edited by Bruce Davidson and Amina Lakhaney
Text by Bruce Davidson
Book design by Bruce Davidson,
Duncan Whyte and Gerhard Steidl
280 pages 11.6 × 11.4 in. / 29.5 × 29 cm
251 photographs, Four-color process
Clothbound hardcover with dust jacket