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Bruce Davidson: Nature of Los Angeles 20082013

Text by Bruce Davidson.

Bruce Davidson: Nature of Los Angeles 20082013

Davidson reveals a lush and exotic Los Angeles beyond the urban sprawl

In 2008, Bruce Davidson, who had already photographed New York and Paris, began exploring Los Angeles with a focus on its exotic plant life. The arid climate, normally hostile to life, allows for an exceptional botanical diversity in L.A. County that reaches from the surrounding foothills and mountain wilderness to the Pacific Ocean, and Davidson quickly became a Los Angeles convert. "Traffic, wealth, poverty, violence and other urban phenomena give way to valiant plant life where ivy thrives on the underside of the 405 and Glendale Freeway interchanges, and a tree in the foothills regenerates itself after a wildfire has parched its bark," he writes. "Without its plant life and human respect for it, L.A. would be a vast desert void." Nature of Los Angeles 20082013 depicts the city in black and white, presenting its beauty and banality as emblematic of urban existence in general.

Bruce Davidson (born 1933) began photographing at the age of ten in Oak Park, Illinois. He studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Yale University before being drafted into the army. After leaving military service in 1957, he freelanced for Life and in 1958 became a member of Magnum Photos. Davidson's work is held in many major museum collections and his awards include a Guggenheim fellowship (1962), the first National Endowment for the Arts Grant in Photography (1967) and an honorary doctorate in Fine Arts from the Corcoran College of Art and Design (2011).

Featured image is reproduced from Bruce Davidson: Nature of Los Angeles 20082013.

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Best known for his depictions of New York in all its gritty glory, the photographer Bruce Davidson trolled the streets of Los Angeles in 2008 in search of signs of nature. His findings, at once beautiful and banal are collected in this new book.

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Bruce Davidson: Nature of Los Angeles 20082013

Bruce Davidson: Nature of Los Angeles 20082013

"In 2008, I began to look at Los Angeles from the point of view of its exotic, even erotic, plant life created by an infusion of water into the arid terrain, Bruce Davidson writes in Nature of Los Angeles. "I began to realize that I had an emotional attachment to botanical species of all kinds, particularly the hundred-foot palm trees not indigenous to the habitat. I wanted to photograph the famous Hollywood sign from behind so the nine letters would read backwards and we could see the distant city, but a chain link fence impeded the view. Eventually we were given permission to go beyond the fence, with a guide and a rope we rappelled down the steep slippery slope. Los Angeles is a city of the homeless and the helpless, poverty, gangs, substance abuse, traffic congestion, and a 'you are what you drive' lifestyle. But it is more than that, for I also discovered pockets of beauty all over the city." continue to blog


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