Bruce Davidson, ‘Bengie in front of friend Petey's house, New York City’, 1959, Heritage Auctions
Bruce Davidson, ‘Bengie in front of friend Petey's house, New York City’, 1959, Heritage Auctions
Bruce Davidson, ‘Bengie in front of friend Petey's house, New York City’, 1959, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: One spot of possible retouching near the lower right corner; otherwise, there do not appear to be any major condition issues; framed under glass. Framed Dimensions 19 X 15 Inches

Signature: Signed in ink in margin recto; the photographer's Magnum Photos stamp on verso.

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

The artist; Bengie, acquired from the above; By descent to the present owner.

About Bruce Davidson

Throughout his career, Bruce Davidson's documentary photographs have been a celebrated and powerful depiction of the social climate of the United States. Davidson first picked up a camera at age 10, developing his craft on the streets of Chicago in an early exploration of city life. After graduating from Yale University, Davidson was drafted to join the army in a life-altering change of course: it was there that he met photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson and was invited to join Magnum Photos. Davidson's quiet demeanor works to his advantage; he once told the New York Times of his seeming invisibility as a photographer, "I was a shadow." In East 100th Street (1966-68), Davidson produced a shocking study of the poverty and discrimination on a block in Harlem, followed by an investigation of the urban underground in Subway (1980-85), another delicately captured essay on a particular American subculture.

American, b. 1933, Oak Park, Illinois