Past Exhibition

Bruce Davidson Retrospective in Spain

The largest career-spanning retrospective of the photographer’s work comes to Bilbao

Bruce Davidson

Bruce Davidson Young interracial couple, Central Park. New York. USA. 1992. © Bruce Davidson | Magnum Photos
Bruce Davidson Led by Martin Luther King Jr., a group of civil rights demonstrators march from Selma to Montgomery to fight for black suffrage. A young African American man with the word "VOTE" on his forehead. A (...)
Bruce Davidson Crowds pack the National Mall during the March on Washington. Washington, D.C. USA. August 28, 1963. © Bruce Davidson | Magnum Photos
Bruce Davidson Black Americans, New York City. USA. 1962. © Bruce Davidson | Magnum Photos
Bruce Davidson Arrest of a demonstrator. "Damn the Defiant!". Alabama. Birmingham. USA. 1963. © Bruce Davidson | Magnum Photos
Bruce Davidson East 100th Street, New York City. USA. 1966. © Bruce Davidson | Magnum Photos
Bruce Davidson East 100th Street, New York City. USA. 1966. © Bruce Davidson | Magnum Photos
Bruce Davidson Brooklyn Gang, New York City. USA. 1959. © Bruce Davidson | Magnum Photos
Bruce Davidson Subway, New York City. USA. 1980. © Bruce Davidson | Magnum Photos
Bruce Davidson Memorial Day, Harlem. New York City. USA. 1962. © Bruce Davidson | Magnum Photos
Bruce Davidson Girl holding kitten, London. UK. 1960. © Bruce Davidson | Magnum Photos
Bruce Davidson Woman with Toulouse-Lautrec painting in her shopping cart. Los Angeles. California. USA. 1964. © Bruce Davidson | Magnum Photos
Bruce Davidson Jimmy Armstrong, The Dwarf, Palisades. New Jersey. USA. 1958. © Bruce Davidson | Magnum Photos
Bruce Davidson Child eating grapes, shadow of Bruce Davidson overlapping. Almeria. Spain. 1965. © Bruce Davidson | Magnum Photos
Bruce Davidson Little girl on a fire escape, Harlem. New York City. USA. 1966. © Bruce Davidson | Magnum Photos
Bruce Davidson Bessie Gakaubowicz, holding a photograph of her and her husband taken before World War II. New York City. USA. 1966. © Bruce Davidson | Magnum Photos
Bruce Davidson View of downtown LA from Runyon Canyon Rd, Los Angeles. California. USA. 2008. © Bruce Davidson | Magnum Photos

The Sala Rekalde is set to host the landmark Bruce Davidson exhibition this February, after its opening last year at the Fundación MAPFRE. The major show — the largest ever of the photographer’s work — will explore Bruce Davidson’s role as one of the most important photographers of the second half of the Twentieth Century, and as an essential representative of the group of the documentary photographers that emerged in the early 1960s.

The exhibition contemplates a journey through the artist’s long career including some of his most famous series, such as Brooklyn Gang (1959), East 100th Street (1966-1968) and Time of Change: the Civil Rights Movement (1961-1965) as well as more recent projects, Nature of Paris (2005 – 2006) and Nature of Los Angeles (2008–2013).

The series selected for the exhibition have been selected as they reveal insights into Bruce Davidson’s humanist approach to photography. People have consistently remained at the core of Davidson’s work, with the photographer tapping into a variety of realities in different countries. His work reflects a deeply ethical commitment to the harsh realities of the precarious and vulnerable environments found in daily life.

Exhibition produced by Fundación MAPFRE, together with Bizkaikoa and Magnum Photos. The traveling exhibition has been possible due to the support of the Terra Foundation for American Art.

For further information regarding the exhibition, please click here 

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