(American, b. 1933)
Gelatin silver print on resin-coated paper
Paper: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)
Gift of an anonymous donor 2018.747
© Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos
One of Davidson’s best-known series, Brooklyn Gang was inspired by a news story about a fight involving a teenage gang called the Jokers.
“The hole,” a space 3½ feet wide by 30 feet long between two buildings, was one of the places where the Jokers went to drink beer, smoke pot, and occasionally pop a pill. “We used to have the big guys buy full quarts of beer,” remembered Bob Powers. “Then we’d go down in the hole, open one at a time, and pass it around until they were empty.” A pipe six feet above the bottom of the hole “was like our ‘high bar,’” recalled Powers. “We’d all do tricks and flips on this thing.”
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