East 100th Street

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Bruce Davidson, [Girl in underwear standing on fire escape], from East 100th Street, 1966

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Bruce Davidson, [Girl with bird in cage], from East 100th Street, 1966

In 1966 Bruce Davidson was the recipient of the first grant for photography from the National Endowment for the Arts. He then began a two-year project on a block in East Harlem where he visited daily, getting to know its inhabitants and photographing their lives. This series was published in a book titled East 100th Street, one of the most powerful documentations of poverty to emerge during its time. Davidson’s photographs capture with extraordinary sensitivity the emotional and psychological state of their subjects.

“Like the people who live on the block, I love and hate it and I keep going back.” – Bruce Davidson

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