New York

Bruce Davidson

International Center of Photography Museum (ICP)

Art World goes to Europe. Art world goes to so-called ethnic cultures. They’re both pseudo-events and encourage separations. Rather than embracing everything together it is still the view of the “other.” Who is the “other” in a subway? It’s obviously the photographer, obviously Bruce Davidson. I find it curious that a transportation system is used as a container for “types”. When you have journalist tendencies but you’re also a self-appointed arty “humanitarian,” you become a paparazzo of the underdog, invading the private sector, rather than documenting the homegrown performances of the theatricalized self (Diane Arbus) or even giving classification projects a symbolic regalia by imaging subjects at their essential identity (the sociological enterprise of August Sander).

The subways are used as a 75¢-a-drop right to a cowardly, misplaced voyeurism. A token will not get the portrait of

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