In 1960, after completing an intense year photographing a notorious Brooklyn street gang called "The Jokers", Bruce Davidson decided that he needed to remove himself from the tension, depression, and potential violence connected to that work. He was given an assignment to photograph Marilyn Monroe during the making of John Houston's film "The Misfits in the Nevada desert", and then travelled to London on a special commission for "The Queen" magazine. Edited by Jocelyn Stevens, "The Queen' was a magazine devoted to British life-style and Davidson was charged, with no specific agenda, to spend a couple of months touring England and Scotland to build a visual portrait of the two countries. "England and Scotland 1960" offers a poetic insight into the very heart of English and Scottish cultures. Reflecting a post-war era in which the revolutions of the 1960s had hardly yet filtered into the mainstream, Davidson's photographs reveal countries riven by difference - the extremes of city and country life, of the landed gentry and the common people - and lucidly portrays the mood of these times in a personal and provocative imagery that is as fresh today as it was in that time.
Published in this book for the first time in its entirety, this is one of the undiscovered gems of late twentieth century documentary photography.