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Howard Greenberg Gallery

Subject: Contact

  • Bruce Davidson
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    Bruce Davidson, East 100th Street, 1966
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    Bruce Davidson, The Dwarf, 1958
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    Bruce Davidson, Brooklyn Gang, 1959
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    Bruce Davidson, Time of Change, 1965
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Press for Subject: Contact

Current Exhibitions at Howard Greenberg Gallery


Subject: Contact

  • Bruce Davidson
  • Opens: May. 02, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 15, 2019
  • Reception: May. 02, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Studio

  • James Van Der Zee,
  • Opens: Mar. 07, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 27, 2019
  • Reception: Mar. 07, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Black & Light

  • Ray K. Metzker,
  • Opens: Jan. 10, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 02, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Color Work

  • Vivian Maier,
  • Opens: Nov. 14, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 02, 2019
  • Reception: Nov. 14, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Anthropocene

  • Edward Burtynsky,
  • Opens: Nov. 14, 2018
  • Closes: Jan. 05, 2019
  • Reception: Nov. 14, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

William Klein

  • William Klein,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Nov. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The New Beginning for Italian Photography: 1945 - 1965

  • Stefano Robino,
  • Sante Vittorio Malli,
  • Mario de Biasi,
  • Carlo Bavagnoli,
  • Roberto Spampinato,
  • Enrico Cattaneo,
  • Tullio Farabola,
  • Augusto Cantamessa,
  • Mario Giacomelli,
  • Fulvio Roiter,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Nov. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Opening

  • Jungjin Lee,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2018
  • Closes: Nov. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Staff Picks VII

  • Bruce Davidson
  • Leon Levinstein,
  • Tosh Matsumoto,
  • Sid Grossman,
  • Ruth Orkin,
  • Homer Page,
  • George Platt Lynes,
  • Saul Leiter,
  • Ray K. Metzker,
  • Stefano Robino,
  • Arthur Leipzig,
  • Robert Doisneau,
  • Nathan Lyons,
  • Gary Winogrand,
  • Arnold Newman,
  • Vivian Maier,
  • William Klein,
  • Philip Jones Griffiths,
  • Bill Owens,
  • James Karales,
  • Iwao Yamawaki,
  • Ann Shanks,
  • Brassai,
  • Mick Rock,
  • Dennis Stock,
  • Walker Evans,
  • Mary Ellen Mark,
  • Eugene Atget,
  • William Gedney,
  • Ralph Eugene Meatyard,
  • Sy Kattelson,
  • Helen Levitt,
  • Robert Frank,
  • Frank Gohlke,
  • Lee Friedlander,
  • Bill Burke,
  • Opens: Jul. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 30, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Ray K. Metzker

  • Ray K. Metzker,
  • Opens: May. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 30, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Early Color

  • Saul Leiter,
  • Opens: May. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 30, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

In My Room

  • Saul Leiter,
  • Opens: May. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 30, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

One Hundred

  • Arnold Newman,
  • Opens: May. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 30, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Palm Tree Is A Palm Tree Is A Palm Tree

  • Bruno V. Roels,
  • Opens: Mar. 22, 2018
  • Closes: May. 05, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

"Love" & Other Stories

  • Ed van der Elsken,
  • Opens: Mar. 22, 2018
  • Closes: May. 05, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Steve Kahn: The Hollywood Suites

  • Steve Kahn,
  • Opens: Feb. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 17, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Immigrants

  • Ernst Haas,
  • Alfred Stieglitz,
  • Lewis Hine,
  • Augustus Frederick Sherman,
  • Erich Kastan,
  • Arthur Rothstein,
  • Eadweard Muybridge,
  • Dorothea Lange,
  • Ansel Adams,
  • Jack Delano,
  • Walter Rosenblum,
  • Jacob Riis,
  • Arnold Eagle,
  • Bruce Davidson
  • Marc Riboud,
  • Ruth Orkin,
  • Dennis Stock,
  • David "Chim" Seymour,
  • Alex Majoli,
  • Robert Capa,
  • Diana Walker,
  • Alexander Alland,
  • Leon Levinstein,
  • Robert Frank,
  • Anton Bruehl,
  • Margaret Bourke-White,
  • Gordon Parks,
  • Arthur Leipzig,
  • Arthur Lavine,
  • Alex Webb,
  • Manuel Alvarez Bravo,
  • Dulce Pinzon,
  • Bill Owens,
  • Edward Burtynsky,
  • Tseng Kwong Chi,
  • Mary Ellen Mark,
  • Boushra Almutawakel,
  • W. Eugene Smith,
  • Bob Gruen,
  • Edward S. Curtis,
  • Opens: Dec. 14, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Dec. 14, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Heroic Times

  • Steve Schapiro,
  • Opens: Dec. 14, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Dec. 14, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

In India

  • William Gedney,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 09, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 26, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Eternal Light

  • Kenro Izu,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 09, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 26, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bombay

  • Raghubir Singh,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2017
  • Closes: Dec. 09, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 26, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Margaret Bourke-White: Syria in 1940

  • Vintage Photographs from Life Magazine,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 29, 2014
  • Reception: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Middle East Revealed: A Female Perspective

  • Reem Al Faisal,
  • Boushra Almutawakel,
  • Rania Matar,
  • Shadi Ghadirian,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 29, 2014
  • Reception: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

In Her Own Hands

  • Vivian Maier,
  • Opens: Oct. 30, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 06, 2014
  • Reception: Oct. 30, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

European Trip: Photographs from the Car

  • Joel Meyerowitz,
  • Opens: Apr. 18, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 21, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Saul Leiter

  • Saul Leiter,
  • Opens: Sep. 19, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 18, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Proximities

  • Alice Attie,
  • Opens: Sep. 19, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 18, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 18, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Effect of France

  • Joel Meyerowitz,
  • Opens: Apr. 18, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 01, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Cool Breeze

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jul. 06, 2016
  • Closes: Sep. 02, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

In Color

  • Bruce Davidson
  • Opens: Oct. 30, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 06, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dave Heath

  • Dave Heath,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 24, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Invisible City / Night Walk

  • Ken Schles,
  • Opens: Jan. 29, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Fine Life

  • Willis Buzz Hartshorn,
  • Opens: Jan. 29, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Brooklyn + Klein

  • William Klein,
  • Opens: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Closes: May. 02, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Certain Women

  • Neil Selkirk,
  • Opens: Mar. 19, 2015
  • Closes: May. 02, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Land Lines

  • Group Exhibition,
  • Opens: Jul. 20, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Unnamed Road and Everglades

  • Jungjin Lee,
  • Opens: Oct. 29, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 12, 2015
  • Reception: Oct. 29, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Where I Live

  • Tom Arndt,
  • Opens: May. 25, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 07, 2017
  • Reception: May. 25, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lives & Still Lives: Leslie Gill, Frances McLaughlin-Gill and Their Circle

  • Leslie Gill,
  • Frances McLaughlin-Gill,
  • Erwin Blumenfeld,
  • Man Ray,
  • Paul Outerbridge,
  • Gordon Parks,
  • Arnold Newman,
  • Norman Parkinson,
  • Irving Penn,
  • Louise Dahl-Wolfe,
  • Opens: May. 25, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 07, 2017
  • Reception: May. 25, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

An Archeology of Fear and Desire

  • Frederic Brenner,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Jul. 10, 2015
  • Reception: May. 07, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Upon Reflection: Photographs by Judy Glickman Lauder

  • Judy Glickman Lauder,
  • Opens: Apr. 06, 2017
  • Closes: May. 20, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 06, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Mechanics of Expression

  • Vera Lutter,
  • Sameer Makarius,
  • Otto Steinert,
  • Peter Keetman,
  • Ludwig Windstosser,
  • Opens: Apr. 06, 2017
  • Closes: May. 13, 2017
  • Reception: Apr. 06, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

ATTITUDE

  • Mary Ellen Mark,
  • Curated by Melissa Harris,
  • Opens: May. 05, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 18, 2016
  • Reception: May. 05, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Staff Picks VI

  • Berenice Abbott,
  • Alexander Alland,
  • John Albok,
  • Brassai,
  • Joseph Breitenbach,
  • Bill Burke,
  • Harry Callahan,
  • Henri Cartier-Bresson,
  • Mark Citret,
  • Bruce Davidson
  • Arnold Eagle,
  • Adolf Fassbender,
  • Robert Frank,
  • Lee Friedlander,
  • William Gedney,
  • Giraudon's Artist,
  • Frank Gohlke,
  • Leo Goldstein,
  • Bedrich Grunzweig,
  • Dave Heath,
  • James Karales,
  • Imre Kinszki,
  • Jindrich Koch,
  • Jacques Henri Lartigue,
  • Saul Leiter,
  • Leon Levinstein,
  • Sol Libsohn,
  • Danny Lyon,
  • Wendell Macrae,
  • Joel Meyerowitz,
  • Sarah Moon,
  • Inge Morath,
  • Arnold Newman,
  • Marvin Newman,
  • Jaroslav Rossler,
  • Peter Sekaer,
  • Edward Steichen,
  • Dennis Stock,
  • John Vachon,
  • UPI,
  • Edward Weston,
  • Alfred Eisenstaedt,
  • Arthur Leipzig,
  • Friedrich Seidenstucker,
  • Opens: Jul. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 25, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Office Romance

  • Kathy Ryan,
  • Opens: May. 05, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 18, 2016
  • Reception: May. 05, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Street Style

  • Frederic Brenner,
  • Richard Avedon,
  • Peter Lindbergh,
  • Ed van der Elsken,
  • Leon Levinstein,
  • Sy Kattelson,
  • William Klein,
  • Bruce Davidson
  • Allen Ginsberg,
  • Frances McLaughlin-Gill,
  • Homer Page,
  • Gordon Parks,
  • Marc Riboud,
  • Joel Meyerowitz,
  • Alex Majoli,
  • Opens: Jul. 13, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 25, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Morandi, Cézanne and Me

  • Joel Meyerowitz,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A New and Mysterious Art: Ancient Photographic Methods in Contemporary Art

  • Takashi Arai,
  • Stephen Berkman,
  • Dan Estabrook,
  • Adam Fuss,
  • Luther Gerlach,
  • Vera Lutter,
  • Sally Mann,
  • Matthias Olmeta,
  • France Scully Osterman,
  • Mark Osterman,
  • Craig Tuffin,
  • Opens: Sep. 14, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 29, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 14, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

SKENE

  • Alex Majoli,
  • Opens: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 01, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

WEEGEE

  • WEEGEE,
  • Opens: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 01, 2017
  • Reception: Feb. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sid Grossman

  • Sid Grossman,
  • Opens: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Curated by Colin Westerbeck

  • A Democracy of Imagery,
  • Opens: Mar. 24, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 30, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sy Kattelson

  • Sy Kattelson,
  • Opens: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Feb. 11, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Essential Elements 1981 - 2012 and Salt Pans 2016

  • Edward Burtynsky,
  • Opens: Nov. 04, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 31, 2016
  • Reception: Nov. 04, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Between the Dog and the Wolf

  • Joel Meyerowitz,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 21, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

May 02 - Jun 15, 2019

  • Reception: May 02, 6 - 8pm

Where

Howard Greenberg Gallery

  • 41 E 57th St, Suite 1406, New York NY 10022 Map
  • 212.334.0010

About

NEW YORK— BRUCE DAVIDSON, SUBJECT: CONTACT will present contact sheets in context with vintage prints from four seminal projects from the 1950s and ‘60s—Circus, Brooklyn Gang, Time of Change, and East 100th Street —illustrating Davidson’s connection to some of the 20th century’s most important social, cultural, and political moments. The exhibition will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery from May 2 through June 15, with an opening reception attended by the artist to be held on Thursday, May 2 from 6-8 p.m.

Poetic and profound, powerful and tender, Davidson’s work derives its strength from the unique and long-lasting relationships he developed with his subjects, first gaining their trust, then allowing them to open up to him and his camera, before documenting their lives. “I stand to the side respectfully until I am invited in,” Davidson has said. “There is a lot of patience and stillness in the making of a photograph.”

Providing a rare glimpse into the photographer’s immersive process, Davidson’s contact sheets from each series will be presented together with a selection of related vintage prints, allowing viewers to see the connection between images in sequence as a work in progress and how the photographer made his final selections.

Davidson’s deep personal engagement with his subjects sets his work apart. Through close proximity, he captured more than just an image; his contact sheets suggest something much more emotive about the connections he made. SUBJECT: CONTACT bridges the divide between the personal and the professional: between Davidson’s heart, his eye, the camera lens and the film. In revealing more of Davidson’s creative process, the exhibition expands the viewer’s appreciation of how his aesthetic and technical mastery resulted in the creation of some of the most powerful, personal images of his time.

1958: Circus
In the late 1950s, big top circuses were slowing disappearing across the American landscape as audiences began staying home to watch television. In 1958, at the age of 24, Davidson was encouraged to visit the mammoth three-ring circus at the Palisades Amusement Park, where he spent weeks immersing himself in the everyday world of its performers. Drawn to backstage candid experiences, he depicted with dignity the loneliness and triumphs of lion tamers, a human cannonball, and, most famously, Jimmy Armstrong, a dwarf clown, who would come to be a close friend of Davidson’s. The photographs became the first installment of the series Circus (which he revisited in 1965 and 1967).

1959: Brooklyn Gang
During the summer of 1959, having read about street fighting in Brooklyn, Davidson went in search of a gang to photograph. He found a group of rebellious teenagers called “The Jokers” and became one of the first photographers to explore and ingratiate himself with the alienated youth culture they represented. Says Bob (Bengie) Powers, one of Davidson’s subjects who reminisced about this work decades later, “He was interested in us. Just as people. And he was nice to us.” Davidson stayed close, stayed for months, and captured this nuanced world of outsiders. “They allowed me to be with them and just hang out. I saw their reality,” noted Davidson.

1961-1965: Time of Change
In 1961, Davidson joined a group of Freedom Riders on the bus ride to Mississippi, as much a participant as he was a photographer. His photographs from this critical moment in American history depict the struggle for justice and equality during a time of protests, marches and police violence as it unfolded around him. He captured the heart of the Civil Rights Movement through 1965 with photographs of the era from Harlem to Chicago and through the South including the crowds at the 1963 March on Washington, scenes from the 1965 Selma to Montgomery March, protesters in action, as well as quieter moments during turbulent times. Witnessed and shot at close range, Davidson has said: “I felt I was part of something, not apart from it.”

1966-1968: East 100th Street
From 1966-68, Davidson spent two years documenting the neglected block, dire social conditions, and residents of East 100th Street in Manhattan. "My way of working," Davidson has said, "is to enter an unknown world, explore it over a period of time, and learn from it." To gain trust, he befriended 18-year-old José Rosa and made contact respectfully, by knocking on doors with Rosa and connecting with the East Harlem community before taking a single picture. By meeting people eye-to-eye, his enduring portrait of a neglected subculture is suffused with humanity and depth.

Bruce Davidson

With a career spanning more than 60 years, Bruce Davidson is one of America’s most distinguished photographers. Born in 1933 in Oak Park, Illinois, he began taking photographs at the age of ten. He attended Rochester Institute of Technology and Yale University, where he studied with artist Josef Albers and Alexey Brodovitch, best-known for his art direction at Harper’s Bazaar. Davidson was later drafted into the army and stationed near Paris where he met Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the founders of the renowned cooperative photography agency Magnum Photos.

After his military service, Davidson worked as a freelance photographer for LIFE magazine and in 1959 became a member of Magnum, producing photo essays that would leave a lasting mark. In 1963, the Museum of Modern Art in New York presented his early work in a solo exhibition, the first of several. Upon completion of a body of work on the American Civil Rights Movement, he received the first grant for photography from the National Endowment for the Arts. His work has been exhibited at major institutions including The Museum of Modern Art and the International Center of Photography in New York, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. He has received many grants, awards, and fellowships in addition to an honorary doctorate in fine arts from the Corcoran School of Art and Design. His photographs have appeared in numerous publications, and his work is the subject of many books. A new book, Bruce Davidson: Unseen, will be published by Steidl in 2020. He lives in New York City.

About Howard Greenberg Gallery

Since its inception over 35 years ago, Howard Greenberg Gallery has built a vast and ever-changing collection of some of the most important photographs in the medium. The Gallery's collection acts as a living history of photography, offering genres and styles from Pictorialism to Modernism, in addition to contemporary photography and images conceived for industry, advertising, and fashion. Howard Greenberg Gallery is located at 41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406, New York. The gallery exhibits at The ADAA Art Show, The Armory Show, The Photography Show presented by AIPAD, Photo London, Art Basel, Paris Photo, and Art Basel Miami Beach. For more information, contact 212-334-0010 or info@howardgreenberg.com
or visit www.howardgreenberg.com.

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