LIVE from the NYPL: Bruce Davidson | Matt Dillon

May 4, 2016

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For over half a century, Bruce Davidson has documented the landscape of human life through the lens of his camera. He comes to LIVE in celebration of the publication of Bruce Davidson: Magnum Legacy, the authoritative text on his career, vision, and influence, written by photography critic Vicki Goldberg. Joining him on stage is actor Matt Dillon, a great admirer and collector of Davidson's work. 

BRUCE DAVIDSON began his love affair with photography at age ten. His camera released him from the boundaries of his youth and opened the doors to a lifetime’s work. Davidson’s photographs reveal his curiosity about, and empathy for, his subjects; whether he is documenting circuses, gangs, East Harlem tenements, Jewish cafeterias, Welsh miners, or Central Park, Davidson imbues his work with an eye for narrative. His pictures tell stories—and he lets them speak for themselves. The result is a comprehensive and elegantly presented portrait of an artist’s life and work.

MATT DILLON'S  film career has spanned over three decades. He has starred in films such as The Outsiders, Rumble Fish, Flamingo Kid, Drugstore Cowboy, Singles, The Saint of Fort Washington, Beautiful Girls, Wild Things, There’s Something about Mary, Factotum, and City of Ghosts. In the 2006 he was nominated for best supporting actor for his work in the Academy Award-winning best picture Crash. In 2003 he made his directorial debut in City of Ghosts which he starred in and co-wrote. He’s currently editing a feature length documentary, EL Gran Fellove and has several film projects in development. He also serves on the board of Refugees International and Amani Global Works.

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An evening with Bruce Davidson, an annual LIVE program on photography, is generously underwritten by Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos.
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