While not common subjects, gangsters and mobsters occasionally find themselves facing the cameras of daring photographers, artists, and even filmmakers. Bruce Davidson, who became fascinated with the lives of New York City's teenage gangs in 1959, was one such photographer. Take a look at some of his interesting photos after the jump!
It was the Summer of 1959 when 25-year-old Bruce Davidson became interested in the teenage gangs of New York City after reading about them. He then got in touch with a social worker to help him make an initial contact with a gang called The Jokers. The curious Davidson began following the young gangsters soon after, observing and photographing their daily lives and alienated youth culture.
Below are some of his interesting photos for the series and book entitled Brooklyn Gang:
Bruce Davidson joined the roster of prestigious Magnum photographers in 1956 after being invited by Henri Cartier-Bresson himself, and became a full member three years later. Today, Davidson is recognized as one of New York City’s best street photographers. He is also one of the photographers who gave their valuable insights on street photography for Cheryl Dunn’s Everybody Street documentary. Davidson talks about his photos of the teenage gangsters in the first few minutes of the excerpt below:
The Photographers' Gallery in London plays host to a group show featuring the works of master photographers such as Bruce Davidson, Ed van der Elksen, and Roger Mayne, all of which depict the development of youth culture over the last one hundred years.
September marks the 60th anniversary of James Dean's death. Dean is remembered not only for his roles in American films, but also for his iconic image associated with teenage rebellion. Filmmaker Anton Corbijn honors James Dean in "LIFE," a new film that showcases the special friendship between the young actor and photographer Dennis Stock who made Dean immortal through his pictures. Take part in our new competition and win movie tickets, James Dean posters, an illustrated book and a Diana F+ camera.
I've photographed this city many times in the past—in color, black and white, and even in redscale. One day in March, the streets of Manila once again became my subject. Only this time, they turned into otherworldly places as the LomoChrome Turquoise drastically shifted its colors...at least on film.
New York is an infinitely photographable city in spite—or because—of its innate chaos. And even when the medium is film, praised nowadays for the virtue of slowness, the photographer must keep up with the city’s pace. Ricardo Lozano, 35mm photographer and Lomography community member, managed to do it for the series OK Commuter, now a book by A Love Token Press.
Scott Brasher is a fashion street photographer based in New York City. His work has been featured on many media outlets while working with brands like Cover Girl, MTV, Reebok, and Target, among many others. But before this, Scott started shooting in the streets of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, capturing its daily urban fashion. Last month, he took the Petzval Lens to the streets of New York to photograph scenes at the famous New York Fashion Week.
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In prime areas of New York and San Francisco, the phrase ‘rush hour’ is always on the menu. Drive up to Reno, and the same expression fizzles. Many roads are framed by mountains and shrubbery, a picture of calm in the city. But the night makes up for the day’s stilly mood. Casinos flaunt LED signs and marquees, a treat for urban photographers.