DAVIDSON, Bruce. Bruce Davidson: Outside/Inside.

Steidl 2009.


4to. (230 x 300 mm). Three vols. Clothbound, each volume with a photo-illustrated label to the centre of each volume. A fine set in slipcase and original card box.

Volume I, 1954 - 1961, 300 pages, 264 photographs; Volume II, 1961 - 1966, 272 pages, 228 photographs; Volume III, 1966 - 2009, 372 pages, 342 photographs.

First edition, first printing. Over the course of his long career Bruce Davidson has travelled the world making reportage stories both on assignment as a member of the Magnum agency and on subjects of personal interest. A few years ago he returned to his archive of negatives housed in a room in his Manhattan apartment and began a ritual of revisiting each and every one of the stories he had made, from his work as a student in 1954 to his urban landscapes in Los Angeles in 2009. Printing in his darkroom alongside the archive, he began to elaborate a very personal selection, discovering forgotten images and throwing new light onto some of his most famous series. Outside Inside is the result of this work, a sumptuous three volume box set with fifty-three chapters over 800 pages. Each chapter is introduced by a short text written by Davidson himself. The result is a celebration of the development of a master of the medium and an autobiography, a photographer’s life seen through his work.