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Bruce Davidson Mapfre Foundation in Madrid

Between 22nd September this year and January 15th, 2017, The Mapfre Foundation is organising a retrospective exhibition of the photographer, Bruce Davidson, the 'humanist photographer', as referred to by the critics and himself. The curator of the event will be Carlos Gollonet and the venue will be in Madrid's Barbara Braganza lounge, Carlos will Gollonet.

This exhibition aims to show the public the work of one of the most famous photographers in history. A member of the Magnum agency, his style has always been characterised by the special attention he pays to to small details, but without emphasising on excess emotions or sentiments. Rather, his work stands out for the simplicity with which it covers the subjects that attract people. 

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The exhibition at Barbara Braganza lounge will take you through a tour of more than 50 years of this photographer's work and pays homage to some of his most famous photo series. There will be a representation of 'Brooklyn Gang', 'Time of Change: Civil Rights Movement' and 'East 100th Street', just to name a few. In addition, they may also be screenings of some of his recent works such as 'Nature of Los Angeles' and 'Nature of Paris'.

One aspect that makes Bruce Davidson different from other artists of his generation is the approach that he uses with the people who appear in his portraits. In fact, to capture the true image of the person he photographs, he needs to get access to every detail of their lives in order to gain their trust. Many of his clients still maintain a close relationship with this photographer despite the passing years.

The interesting facts about these people who appear in his portraits can be seen throughout the exhibition. Special emphasis is on 'Dwarf', an image he captured when he paid a visit to the Clyde Beatty circus, one of the largest in the United States. The name, dwarf, relates to the clown who performs in this circus. He is called, Jimmy Armstrong, with whom the photographer has maintained a strong friendship.

One of the main factors that led to the success of Bruce Davidson was his particular vision of reality, which was to show not as a succession of individual images, but as a juxtaposition and a reiteration of characters and themes. In addition, all his work is based on the confluence between the photographer and the world, which reveals his inquisitiveness about everything around him.

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