Sunday, June 13, 2010

Outside Inside by Bruce Davidson

Outside Inside by Bruce Davidson - Sean O'Hagan The Observer
"I view my work as a series," writes Davidson. "I often find myself as an outsider on the inside, discovering beauty and meaning in the most desperate of situations."

Steidl,  "Over the course of his long career Bruce Davidson has travelled the world making reportage stories both on assignment as a member of the Magnum agency and on subjects of personal interest. A few years ago he returned to his archive of negatives housed in a room in his Manhattan apartment and began a ritual of revisiting each and every one of the stories he had made, from his work as a student in 1954 to his urban landscapes in Los Angeles in 2009. Printing in his darkroom alongside the archive, he began to elaborate a very personal selection, discovering forgotten images and throwing new light onto some of his most famous series. Outside Inside is the result of this work, a sumptuous three volume box set with fifty-three chapters over 800 pages. Each chapter is introduced by a short text written by Davidson himself. The result is a celebration of the development of a master of the medium and an autobiography, a photographer’s life seen through his work.

Outside Inside by Bruce Davidson - Steidl

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