We tend to think of portraits as flattering portrayals of people we love, or celebrities, or of people in power. The selfies and self-portraits that people post on Facebook tend to glamorize their lives and to present themselves as attractive, impressive and desirable according to visual characteristics that are valued in our status-conscious, media-saturated societies. With his new book of portraits of less-than-glamorous people, Bruce Gilden puts us uncomfortably close to people whose faces contradict the idealized faces we encounter in magazines, movies and social media websites.

He once described the way he photographs as “flash in one hand and jumping at people”. On YouTube you can see him on the streets of New York, striding purposefully through the crowds and suddenly thrusting his camera into the faces of unsuspecting subjects.  It’s a very old-school New York style of photography: tough, confrontational, literally in-your-face and, after 40 years of doing it, he is a master of sorts. You love his photographs or you hate them. He probably doesn’t give a damn either way.

Beaten & Blown by the Wind

New Gucci photo book photographed by Bruce Gilden

Printed Matters

DMB Artist Print Sale Fundraiser. 19 Artists, 38 Prints. Fundraising for Imperial Health Charity. From 3rd May until 17th May.

Christie's Magazine

Christoffer Rudquist shoots Hikonobu Ise and his collection for the April Issue of Christie's Magazine

Gucci Community

“These photos are about joy and to show that despite these dark times, there is light at the end of the tunnel,” photographer Bruce Gilden is part of the Gucci Community lineup of artists and talents expressing a message of empathy, kindness and well-being through creativity.

L'Officiel Paris

New cover story of Puma Rose for L'Officiel Paris shot by Lauren Maccabee

Tracksmith

Emily Maye shoots Spring 2020 Lookbook in Flagstaff Arizona for Tracksmith

Schon Magazine

Elliot James Kennedy shoots new editorial for Schon Magazine

Man About Town

Andrew Scott cover story for Man About Town shot by Lauren Maccabee

GCDS

New self portraits shot by Nadia Lee Cohen for GCDS

Gucci Community

Martin Parr captures a series of images inside his home in Southwest England during social distancing lockdown

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