Bruce Davidson grew up in Oak Park, Illinois. Learning the technical nuances of photography at the age of ten, he started his career photographing city life on the streets of Chicago. Drafted into the army in 1955, he was stationed near Paris, and began to compile a photographic study of army life. After his service ended, he was picked up by LIFE Magazine, and eventually became a member of Magnum Photography Collective. His most famous book, East 100th Street, intimately documents the urban landscape of East Harlem, often using color to exude the unique and gritty aesthetic of the city, which has become a distinctive trait in his work. He continues to capture life in New York, where he currently resides.