Bruce Davidson, Emily Davidson and Bob Powers at Barnes and Noble in NY on March 12th

March 12, 2013 11:49am

Join Bruce Davidson, Emily Davidson, and Bob Powers discussing Bobby’s Book
Tuesday, March 12th, 7pm
Barnes and Noble, Upper East Side
150 E 86th St  New York, NY 10028

Bob Powers has led a shocking and remarkable life, a childhood of violence and poverty followed by stints as a drug dealer and a heroin addict, before turning his life around and becoming a nationally respected drug counselor.

Growing up in the rough neighborhood of South Park Slope in Brooklyn in the 50s and 60s, Bob joined a street gang called The Jokers, and became one the subjects of the critically acclaimed photographer Bruce Davidson. Bruce’s beautiful black and white photos of Bob and The Jokers, taken in 1959, were published in Esquire and then in a book called Brooklyn Gang in 1998.

Bruce’s wife, Emily Davidson, began a long friendship with Bob and has now recorded his story in his own voice that offers a shocking glimpse into a world of the past, of rough and tumble Brooklyn streets, of the horrible price of addiction and the difficult journey of recovery. Included in the book are some of Bruce’s 1959 photos of Bob, patrolling the streets of Brooklyn with his gang of tough-looking kids.

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