New York: Aperture Foundation, 1999. First Edition. Small Folio. (29cm x 25 cm) 72 pp. ills. Full black cloth. Titles in silver on spine. Photographic illustrated dust jacket. Very fine. Item #121
According to Bruce Davidson, the photos represented in "Portraits" are also self-portraits. With one study of iconic personalities to each page, Davidson's photos show the warmth, loneliness, strength and humor it takes to stay human while being bigger than life. These black and white photos, selected by Davidson, span more than forty years and include the warmth of James Baldwin with his nieces, the mental intensity of Samuel Beckett, the messiness of Linus Pauling, the crushing weight of destiny over Martin Luther King Jr. as well as the usually goddess-like Supremes in a schoolgirl snowball fight. Primarily known as the photographer of outsiders, Davidson was also commissioned to take photos of "insiders" such as artists, movie stars, writers and scientists. Davidson's humane, journalistic approach to photography is influenced by Robert Frank and his personal friend, Henri Cartier-Bresson. With inscription to the half-title page: "For Beverly, with love Bruce Davidson"