Bruce Davidson and Michelle Dunn Marsh, opening for La Nature de Paris, Maison Europénne de la Photographie, Paris, 2007
When I first started working at Aperture, one of my greatest challenges was reconciling the incredible photographs I’d pored over in publications with the flesh-and-blood people who’d created them. It was hard to imagine that an image, indelible in my mind and impacting audiences around the world, was not a divine manifestation, but rather the result of an extraordinary eye, often a steady hand, and a camera.
With time and through various professional opportunities at Aperture I have been privileged to meet many of my photographic heroes, and some have become important personal connections in my life-checking in with me after a recent trip, inquiring about my latest project, filling me in on their next exhibition or planned photo excursion. Bruce Davidson is one of these guiding lights, and I never pass up the opportunity to dine with him or to work with him.
When I first met with key people from the Levi’s® Workshop series to discuss a possible collaboration with Aperture, I was jotting down their goals in my notebook, along with the first names of photographers I thought might be a good fit. One of the people happened to glance down as I was writing and said excitedly, “You just wrote ‘Bruce.’ That wouldn’t be Bruce Davidson, would it?” When I confirmed, the brainstorming portion of the process was over-Levi’s® wanted to work with us if we could find a way to work with Bruce. And fortunately, Bruce was open to the idea of an event that focused on photography in New York, since he’s created so many important photographs here.
To hear Bruce Davidson’s stories in person and to see his selection of photographs from over fifty years of image-making is always a gift, and we are glad to facilitate the opportunity to share that gift with his friends, colleagues, and fans in New York on December 9 at the Levi’s® Photo Workshop.
-Michelle Dunn Marsh
Co-Publisher, Aperture magazine
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