Telfair Museums Receives Anonymous Gift of Photographs

Telfair Museums Receives Anonymous Gift of Photographs

Telfair Museums in Savannah, Georgia, has announced a gift of works by American photographer Bruce Davidson from an anonymous donor.

The collection of three hundred and forty-seven photographs from the photographer's career spans the years 1956 to 2008 and includes images from his best-known series, including Circus (1958), Brooklyn Gang (1959), Time of Change (1961-1965), East 100th Street (1970), and Subway (1980). Born in 1933, the prolific Davidson has been applauded for his humanistic portrayals of people from all walks of life and has seen his work enter the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Gallery of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art.  

"History and human nature are deftly revealed through the empathetic eye of Bruce Davidson," said Erin Dunn, assistant curator at Telfair Museums. "This momentous gift not only allows us to revel in the individual photographs of Davidson, but to appreciate his entire career's worth of noteworthy subjects and imagery. The photographs stand on their own but will also complement themes and subject matters already evident in Telfair Museums' permanent collection."

"It is difficult to overstate the impact that this gift will have on Telfair's photography collection," said Courtney McNeil, the museums' chief curator and deputy director for curatorial affairs. "The foundation of the museum's photography collection is one of the country's largest collections of work by New York street photographer Helen Levitt, and Davidson's work has many rich thematic parallels to that body of work."