Bruce Davidson
[Photographer, b. 1933, Oak Park, Illinois, lives in New York.]

 Most of my photographs are compassionate, gentle, and personal. They tend to let the viewer see himself. They tend not to preach. And they tend not to pose as art. 
 I don’t always know why I’m photographing something. It’s my learning machine. 
 I am a photographer in the way you might be a plumber. I like it that way. 
 All my photographs are portraits—self-portraits, because you can’t photograph someone without reflecting/echoing, like a bat sending out a signal that comes back to you. You get not only a picture of who you’re photographing, but you get a picture of yourself at the same time. 
 I’ve had the privilege of being an outsider allowed on the inside, searching for beauty, meaning and myself. 
 Most young boys have a buddy. I had a camera. I was pretty much a loner, and I was doomed to failure because I wasn’t interested in anything other than taking pictures and developing them in my darkroom. 
 Too much in photography is shoot and leave. 
 I felt that my mission in life was to make visible what appears to be invisible and I do that as someone who is blind and comes into a world and suddenly begins to see. 
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