Bruce Davidson to receive photography award

Bruce Davidson Davidson's work will be displayed at London's Somerset House from 26 April to 22 May

Bruce Davidson is to receive the outstanding contribution prize at this year's Sony World Photography awards.

The 77-year-old American's work has included following a Brooklyn gang in the 1950s and chronicling the civil rights movement in the early 1960s.

He will get the award at a 27 April ceremony in London, with an exhibition of his work opening a day earlier.

Tate photography curator Simon Baker hailed Davidson as "one of the foremost photographers living today".

Mr Baker, who selected works for the exhibition along with Davidson, said his work showed "the rare combination of absolute commitment to his subjects and a sophisticated visual sensibility".

Davidson, a founding member of the World Photography Academy, began his career working for Life magazine.

Davidson picture, taken in Los Angeles in 1964. © Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos He joined international agency Magnum Photos in 1958

In 1958 he was invited to join the prestigious international agency Magnum Photos by its co-founder, Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Career highlights have included documenting a neglected block in East Harlem from 1966 to 1968, photographing the New York City subway system in 1980 and exploring Central Park between 1992 and 1995.

The exhibition of Davidson's work will run in the Terrace Rooms in London's Somerset House until 22 May.

A further retrospective of his work will be exhibited at Chris Beetles Fine Photographs, in London, from 4 to 28 May.

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