American photographer Bruce Davidson spent two years shooting one block in East Harlem. The famous New York neighborhood had been in decline after The Great Depression. The Depression had forced out thriving businesses and the artistic mindset.
Dire conditions and continued racial discrimination by the New York Police Department sparked the 1964 New York Race Riots. This set off race-related riots throughout the country between 64-65. It all kicked off following the shooting of fifteen year-old James Powell by a white off-duty officer. The act of police brutality made Harlem erupt in a large-scale riot.
Soon after, Davidson decided to photograph East 100th Street. He went back day after day to photograph daily life on that block. He depicted the residents as they were, capturing them as traditional American families. The photographs were originally published in 1970. However, the reprint includes over 20 images not included in the original edition.
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