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Emily Davidson, Bruce Davidson Book Talk

Emily Haas Davidson and Bruce Davidson in conversation on their latest project, Bobby's Book.

 - March 7, 2013

From the series Brooklyn Gang, 1959 © Bruce Davidson / Magnum Photos

In 1959, Bruce Davidson spent eleven months shooting images of the members of a Brooklyn gang that included a young Bobby Powers, producing one of the first full-immersion photo essays about an American youth subculture. Nearly forty years later, in 1998, journalist Emily Davidson began a decade-long correspondence with Powers, former gang leader turned drug-addiction counselor, a project to bring to light Powers’s struggle to overcome his drug-ridden and violent past. Decades of photographic documentation and correspondence has culminated in Bobby’s Book (Seven Stories Press, 2012), authored by Emily Haas Davidson, as told by Bob Powers, with photographs by Bruce Davidson.

Join Bob Powers, Emily Haas Davidson, and Bruce Davidson in New York next Tuesday, March 12, 2013, for a conversation about Bobby’s Book. The event will also feature a slideshow of Bruce Davision’s 1959 photographs.

Bobby’s Book: A conversation with Emily Haas Davidson, Bruce Davidson, and Bob Powers
Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at 7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble (86th and Lexington Avenue)
New York


Related Links:

“With Brass-Knuckled Tales, 50’s Street Gang Looks Back”New York Times
Bruce Davidson: Retrospective at Robert Klein Gallery in Boston through March 30Le Journal
“Leader of the Pack”New York Times