In the 1980s the Subway in New York was poorly run, poorly lit and considered dangerous. Magnum photographer Bruce Davidson decided to head underground to embark on what he called 'a voyage of discovery'. In Davidson's own words, 'I wanted to transform the subway from its dark, degrading, and impersonal reality into images that open up our experience again to the colour, sensuality, and vitality of the individual souls that ride it each day.' With its striking portraits ranging from gang members to a blind man, Subway is considered one of the finest photography projects ever completed. From his home in New York, Davidson talked to TateShots about the series.
Bruce Gilden's black and white imagery is reminiscent of the film noir he used to watch on TV when he was a child. Ever since, he has had an attraction for tough looking characters, bad guys and their acolytes and the underworld where they operate.
I found some audio files from an old art school experiment, where I asked ten people, a combination of friends and strangers to volunteer one minute of their time to talk about a photograph, a self portrait of Robert Mapplethorpe from 1983. I’ve rehashed them into a short video, merged with some hypnotic Icelandic snow …
Don McCullin is recognised as one of the most important war photographers. He has covered events of global significance, including the Vietnam and Biafran wars since the 1960s, on one occasion, his camera even stopped a bullet intended for him.
Now a new exhibition at Tate Britain goes beyond images of war, to highlight McCullin’s wider photographic practice. In this interview for TateShots, McCullin talks candidly about some of the shaping moments in his career, including his first foreign assignment in divided Berlin in 1961; his documentary work on homelessness in East London in the late 60s; and the landscape photography, both urban, and rural that continues to absorb him.
The American Dream video is based on the fear of success, this thought is extremely powerful, fear has the ability to cripple us from pursuing our dreams. The moment I embraced my dreams it was as if the universe had drawn people to help us and share their stories. Our goal is to tell the stories of the people who live in America. Your support is the driving force behind our project. We could not have done this without you. We have made it this far because you shared and supported us through our social networking sites. We were able to connect with the people in this film because of the internet. Every time you share or like this project it brings us one step closer to photographing your town, people you know, possibly even you.
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