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Bruce Davidson's photographs of Central Park reveal a humane, democratic haven of breathtaking beauty and ecological secrets, as well as a site for wondrous adventures.
Renowned as an intrepid explorer of the urban terrain, and a member of Magnum Photos, Bruce Davidson has challenged himself in a remarkable new way, taking on the visual and metaphorical scope of Central Park. This chronicler of the New York subway, the civil-rights movement, and of life in East Harlem finds himself-- as suddenly and surprisingly as Alice in Wonderland (who appears in one of his more humorous photographs)-- in his city's verdant oasis. Davidson's photographic approach to the park's wildlife-- human and otherwise-- varies as much in format (panoramic, 35mm, and square) as it does in emotional quality. Always compassionate, often idiosyncratic, this work reveals a sublime and at times transcendent vision. Davidson seems as comfortable with a wedding, a landscape, or a roller-blader as he does with Central Park's more permanent residents-- a newborn bird, or a man seeking refuge on a cold winter's night.... Here, Davidson intuitively discovers a multiplicity of mysteries, eccentricities, and characters that together reflect the vibrant and complex city of which the park is the heart and soul. At the same time, Bruce Davidson's Central Park becomes a metaphor for a larger human experience.
Davidson's evocative rendering of Central Park is consistent with the vision of its original designers, Frederick Law Olmsted and his partner Calvert Vaux. Created to serve all classes of society, it was the country's first municipal park conceived by urban reformers and built by immigrant labor. Now, as then, itprovides green space for people from all walks of life and all countries of the world. Today, Central Park represents six percent of Manhattan's total acreage and is the most frequently visited park in the country.
Complemented by an essay by the author, journalist, and translator Marie Winn, a preface by writer and Central Park Conservancy Director Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, and Davidson's own anecdotal reflections, "Central Park" provides an expansive view of this wonderfully intricate and varied space.
'Bruce Davidson is an artist who uses a camera. He is a master of composition.' The new Republic
|Bruce Davidson Central Park"|
|"This is the Central Park that Bruce Davidson sees, a place of poetic encounter, a space in which epiphanies are everywhere to be found, if one is patient-- and observant."|
|"--From the preface|
|"Early morning is the best time to explore the park|
|It is fresh and renewed before the sun is up, and the streetlights still give it an inviting glow|
|I prepare myself the evening before, making three wrapped cheese sandwiches for the homeless and packing peanut|
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Published: 1st June 2004
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 30.0 x 0.6
Weight (kg): 0.88