Outside Inside is a three-volume box set containing eight hundred photographs from Bruce Davidson’s archives. Davidson’s photography spans an intense fifty-year period, from his work as a student in 1954 to two recent works in progress, a series of innovative urban landscapes made in Paris (2006) and Los Angeles (2009). The text for the introductions to the fifty-three chapters comes from Davidson’s own insights, thoughts, and recollections. It includes iconic images from his seminal bodies of work: Circus (1958), Brooklyn Gang (1959), East 100th Street (1966–1968), Time of Change 1961-1965 (The Civil Rights Movement), Subway (1980), Central Park (1992–1995), and previously unpublished photographs. These three volumes celebrate the development of a master of the medium and reflect the artist’s own journey of consciousness.
Bruce Davidson began taking pictures at the age of ten in Oak Park, Illinois. He continued to further his exploration of photography at Rochester Institute of Technology, followed by Yale University. He was later drafted into the military, stationed in the Arizona desert and then sent to a unit near Paris, where he met Henri Cartier-Bresson. When he left military service in 1957, Davidson freelanced for LIFE, and in 1958 he became a member of Magnum. His numerous awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship (1962) and the first National Endowment for the Arts in Photography (1967). His work has been extensively published and included in many major fine art collections. Most recently, Steidl published England/Scotland 1960 and Circus.