Jan 14, 2020
Jan 20, 2020

Untitled (40035)

Brooklyn Gang

Untitled (40035)


Bruce Davidson

(American, b. 1933)

Gelatin silver print

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

Gift of an anonymous donor 2018.741


Did you know?

One of Davidson’s best-known series, Brooklyn Gang was inspired by a news story he read about a teenage gang called the Jokers.


Jimmie, an older member of the gang, watched over the younger members with his brother Johnny. In 1998, Jokers member Bob Powers recalled, “Later, the whole family, all six of them . . . died, wiped out, mostly from drugs. It’s amazing because at this particular time, if you see Jimmie, he’s like the ‘Fonz,’ like James Dean—handsome. He was good-looking, he had the women, and he was always working on cars.”

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