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BRUCE DAVIDSON
[b.1933] An american photographer - member of Magnum since 1958
Most of my pictures are compassionate, gentle and personal. They tend to let the viewer see for himself. They tend not to preach. And they tend not to pose as art. - Bruce Davidson

We took a walk for a few minutes together. The street became his photographs. - Bruce Davidson - Davidson on Henri Cartier-Bresson., Bruce Davidson Photographs by Bruce Davidson , ISBN: 0671400673
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[W. Eugene Smith's photo essays] taught me that a photograph could not only communicate emotions, but could also serve the human condition. - Bruce Davidson, Bruce Davidson Photographs by Bruce Davidson , ISBN: 0671400673
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They all [other photographers] gave us clues to their inner world. Kertesz let us see our mortality in a piece of crusted rock and a man's flesh; Avedon made us confront his anger in the black man's pores and crystal-clear eyes; Arbus broke through the desperate pain of her aloneness into the cruel world of the midget's taboo. - Bruce Davidson, Bruce Davidson Photographs by Bruce Davidson , ISBN: 0671400673
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So I have done what I wanted to do, I have seen everything, misery, celebrity, the beautiful people, the wicked ones, generosity and hatred. But I think I have gone beyond my vision.... In the heart of my own life, in the heart of other people's lives. Perhaps that is the most important thing I have done. - Bruce Davidson

My molecular structure is the same. - Bruce Davidson

Taking photographs, taking candid photographs, means that the photographer is an invisible man. Whereas there is still a feeling that in having a photograph taken there is loss of face: something of the soul is gone. - Bruce Davidson - talking on Beautiful Beautiful, a BBC film shown on 5 October 1969 [cited in: Creative Camera February 1970, p. 41]
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I am a photographer in the way you might be a plumber. I like it that way. - Bruce Davidson - talking on Beautiful Beautiful, a BBC film shown on 5 October 1969 [cited in: Creative Camera February 1970, p. 41]

I am not interested in showing my work to photographers any more, but to people outside the photo-clique. My pictures are not escapes from reality, but a contemplation of reality, so that I can experience life in a deeper way. - Bruce Davidson - 1968 [cited in: Creative Camera April 1970, p. 104]

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