Jan 14, 2020
Jan 20, 2020

Untitled (40038)

Brooklyn Gang

Untitled (40038)


Bruce Davidson

(American, b. 1933)

Gelatin silver print

Paper: 35.6 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11 in.)

Gift of an anonymous donor 2018.738


Did you know?

Bruce Davidson’s series Brooklyn Gang was inspired by a newspaper story about a violent rumble involving a teenage gang, the Jokers.


Petey, a Jokers member who looks out the second-story window here, was injured in that fight. Petey's best friend, fellow Jokers member Bob Powers, walks by the house. Housing in the gang's neighborhood, the then-impoverished Park Slope, Brooklyn, was overcrowded and rundown. Powers lived with his seven siblings and alcoholic parents in a three-bedroom apartment that had a coal-powered cookstove and no hot water or central heating.

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