Bruce Gilden

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Bruce Gilden
Born (1946-11-01) November 1, 1946 (age 67)
New York, USA
Nationality American
Field Photography

Bruce Gilden (born 1946) is a noted street photographer, known for his work in New York City.

Career[edit]

While studying sociology at Penn State, he saw Michelangelo Antonioni's film Blowup in 1968. Influenced by the film, he purchased his first camera and began taking night classes in photography at the School of Visual Arts of New York. Fascinated with normal people on the street and the idea of visual spontaneity, Gilden turned to a career in photography.[1] He routinely uses a flash, alerting his subjects to his presence, unlike most street photographers. His first major project was documenting the sensuality of the bodies of the people at Coney Island.[2]

A member of Magnum Photos since 1998, he shot images of Japan's yakuza mobsters, the homeless, prostitutes, and members of bike gangs between 1995 and 2000. According to Gilden, he was fascinated by the duality and double lives of the individuals he photographed.[3] Gilden is also the subject of Misery Loves Company: The Life and Death of Bruce Gilden, a documentary produced in 2007.[4] He has also photographed rural Ireland and horseracing there, as well as voodoo rituals in Haiti.

In 2013, Gilden became a Guggenheim Fellow.[5]

Awards[edit]

  • 1979: New York Foundation for the Arts (Artist’s Fellowship), New York, USA; New York Foundation for the Arts (Artist’s Fellowship), New York, USA
  • 1980: National Endowment for the Arts Photographer’s Fellowship
  • 1984: National Endowment for the Arts Photographer’s Fellowship; New York Foundation for the Arts (Artist’s Fellowship), New York, USA
  • 1992: National Endowment for the Arts Photographer’s Fellowship; New York Foundation for the Arts (Artist’s Fellowship), New York, USA
  • 1994: New York Foundation for the Arts (Artist’s Fellowship), New York, USA
  • 1996: European Publishers’ Award for Photography; Villa Medicis Hors les Murs Artist’s Fellowship
  • 1999: The Japan Foundation Artist’s Fellowship
  • 2000: New York Foundation for the Arts (Artist’s Fellowship), New York, USA

Bibliography[edit]

  • The Small Haiti Portfolio (Limited Edition), Helsinki, Finland, 1990
  • Facing New York, Manchester, UK: Cornerhouse Publications, 1992. ISBN 978-0-948797-07-1
  • Bleus, Mission Photographique Transmanche (Cross Channel Photographic Mission) no. 13. Douchy-les-Mines, France: Centre Régional de la Photographie (CRP) (Regional Centre for Photography), Nord Pas-de-Calais, 1994
  • Haïti, Dreams and Nightmares. Stockport, UK: Dewi Lewis and Paris, France: Editions Marval, 1997
  • After the Off. Stockport, UK: Dewi Lewis, 1999. ISBN 978-1-899235-17-9
  • Ciganos. Lisbon, Portugal: Centro Portuguès de Fotografia, 1999
  • Haiti. Stockport, UK: Dewi Lewis and Paris, France: Editions Marval, 1999. ISBN 978-1-899235-55-1
  • Go. London: Trebruk and New York: Magnum, 2000
  • Coney Island. London: Trebruk, 2002. ISBN 978-0-9538901-2-5
  • A Beautiful Catastrophe. Brooklyn, NY: Powerhouse, 2005. ISBN 978-1-57687-238-3
  • Fashion Magazine. Paris, France: Magnum Photos, 2006. ISBN 978-1-933045-43-6
  • Bruce Gilden. Stern Portfolio No.64. Krefeld, Germany: teNeues, 2011. ISBN 978-3-652000-05-5
  • Foreclosures. London: Browns Editions, 2013. ISBN ISBN 978-0-956532-48-0. Available in standard edition (edition of 400) and slipcase edition (edition of 100).
  • A Complete Examination of Middlesex. 2013. London: Archive of Modern Conflict. ISBN 978-0-957049-05-5
  • Bruce Gilden. Photofile series. London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 978-0-500411-10-0

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ballentine, Sandra (2003-02-09). "Footnotes". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Go see...". The Observer. 2001-04-01. Retrieved 2008-08-14. 
  4. ^ "Misery Loves Company: The Life and Death of Bruce Gilden". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-02. 
  5. ^ [2]

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