Born in 1933 in Oak Park, Illinois, Bruce Davidson demonstrated a passion for photography from a very young age. After completing his studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Yale University, he began working as a photographer during his military service and later, in 1957, at Life magazine. The very next year, he became a full member of the Magnum photography agency. In his long career, through his penetrating gaze, he captured important moments of American history and everyday life in the 20th century in photographs and short films, while his work has been characterized as the pre-eminent document of the Civil Rights Movement. His works have adorned, amongst others, exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and at the International Center for Photography. He has been honored with grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Open Society Institute, while in 2004 he was awarded the Lucie Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Photography. His awards also include a Gold Medal Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Arts Club in 2007, the Outstanding Contribution to Photography Award from Sony in 2011, and an honorary doctorate in fine arts from the Corcoran School of Art and Design. Classic photo sections of his versatile work have been extensively published in monographs and are included in many important private and public art collections around the world.