Famed Photographer Seeks Subject He Shot 50 Years Ago

Posted by David Ozanich — 26 Apr 2011


Documentary photographer Bruce Davidson is in England to be honored at the Sony world photography awards. But he has something else on his mind. 50 years ago he snapped one of his favorite images, a picture he calls "Girl Holding Kitten", and now he's hoping to find the girl. He tells the Guardian:

Girl Holding Kitten, posed somewhere in London in 1960, was taken when he was travelling around Britain in a Hillman Minx convertible. "She was with two friends and they were on their way to a concert which, as I remember it, took place on an island," Davidson, 77, told the Guardian. "I hung around with them for a few hours. The girl with the kitten, the bedroll and the beautifully innocent, hopeful, mysterious face has stayed with me ever since."

He says the girl with the kitten comes into his head each time he visits Britain. "If she is still alive, I'd love to know what she is doing now, what her story is," he says. "I never even wrote down her first name. I know it's 50 odd years ago, but someone out there must know who she is, surely."

Do you recognize that girl? If so, you should get in touch with Bruce Davidson. He'd like to talk to you. Maybe you'll get a free print out of it.

Davidson will receive his Outstanding Contribution to Photography award at a gala tomorrow night. There are two exhibitions of his work tied to the festival. Learn more about them here.

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