Storyteller, Troublemaker

The Chronicle of Higher Education

"He was very photogenic. He was candid and charming at the same time, and he had a lot of play in him. He could change moods. You see it in the pictures. He could become one of his characters, a troublemaker — not in a mean way, but someone who would mention something at a party that would accidentally give away someone's affair."

The photograph and text are by Bruce Davidson, from the book that accompanies the exhibition "Isaac Bashevis Singer and the Lower East Side: Photographs by Bruce Davidson," at the Jewish Museum, in New York, through February 3. The exhibition was organized by Amherst College's Mead Art Museum.