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Bruce Davidson's photos at Huntington show a Yankee's view of Britain
Bruce Davidson's photos at Huntington show a Yankee's view of Britain

In 1960, photographer Bruce Davidson needed an escape route. He had just spent 11 months in Brooklyn shooting a teenage street gang for Esquire magazine, and now he found himself getting unwanted attention from grown-up gangsters who suspected Davidson was carrying wads of cash. There were threatening phone calls. Davidson turned to his agency, the esteemed Magnum Photos, where Cornell Capa had an idea. "He said, 'I'll set you up in England, working for the Queen magazine,'" Davidson recalls the older photographer suggesting. "'Nothing could be safer.'" The young photographer traveled in a rented convertible, driving "around until I found...

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