New York Photobooks

About photobooks – old and new.

Bruce Davidson – East 100th Street


Author : Bruce Davidson

Title: East 100th Street

Publisher: Harvard University Press/Cambridge/Massachusetts

Year: 1970 (First edition)

Hardcover, tan cloth with one photograph affixed, printed acetate dust jacket. 130 pages, including 123 black-and-white photographs.

(There is also a softcover edition from 1971 and a second hardcover edition from 2003, published by St. Ann’s Press)


Although Davidson has many interesting body of works, including “Brooklyn Gang” (my favorite), this book may be his most famous one, selected by Andrew Roth for “The Book of 101 Books” and by Matin Parr and Gerry Badger for “The Photobook: A History volume II”. “East 100th Street” is a humanist social documentary of the African American and Latino communities living in East Harlem, more specifically around one block on 100th street. Even though Davidson seems to approach his subjects with respect and humanity, photographing them in their authentic and sometimes intimate environment, the overall set of photographs leave the reader with a gloomy sensation.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on February 19, 2015 by in Harlem, New York photobooks.
February 2015

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 13 other subscribers
%d bloggers like this: