Since his early teenage years in the 1940s when he took his camera out on the streets of his hometown of Oak Park, Illinois, Bruce Davidson’s fascination for city life and its characters has endured throughout his career. His interest in the people and narratives found within citites has seen him document teenage gangs in Brooklyn, youth culture in London in the early Sixties and the subways of New York. He has said: ‘I start off as an outsider, usually photographing other outsiders, then, at some point, I step over a line and become an insider. I don’t do detached observation.’ TateShots visited Davidson at his home in New York to hear him talk about a life behind the camera.
Bruce Davidson’s photograhps are shown in Another London at Tate Britain, 27 July - 16 September