These images are so timeless and powerful, simple and complex at the same time. They capture being a teenager and the hot, sticky summer in New York perfectly.
In the spring of 1959, Davidson spent several months photographing a group of Brooklyn teenagers who called themselves "The Jokers". Davidson was introduced to the gang by a social worker and gradually became a part of their world as he hung out with them in the neighborhood, in Prospect Park and at Coney Island. This was Bruce Davidson's first photographic project, undertaken when he was barely older than the rough boys depicted in the work.