An iconic street photographer with a unique style, Bruce Gilden was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1946. A self-taught photographer, he has always been fascinated by the life on the streets and the complicated and fascinating motion it involves. This was the spark that inspired his first long-term personal projects in Coney Island and Mardi Gras in New Orleans. He has produced long and detailed photographic projects in New York, Haiti, France, Ireland, India, Russia, Japan, and England. The photographic style of Gilden is defined by the dynamic accent of his pictures, his special graphic qualities, and his original and direct manner of shooting the faces of passers-by with a flash. His work has been exhibited internationally, and he’s published 18 books, among them: Facing New York, 1992; Bleus, 1994; Haiti, 1996 (European Publishers Award for Photography); After The Off, 1999; Go, 2000; Coney Island, 2002; A Beautiful Catastrophe, 2004; Foreclosures, 2013; A complete Examination of Middlesex, 2014, and Un Nouveau Regard Sur la Mobilité Urbaine, 2016. Gilden has received many awards and grants for his work, including National Endowments for the Arts fellowships (1980, 1984 and 1992), and in 2013 a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. Gilden joined Magnum Photos in 1998. (Photo shot in Port-au-Prince, Haiti 1990. Photo sponsors: Shelton and Courtenay Griffin.)


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