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.

Martin Parr X Vogue

DMB Photographer Martin Parr shoots story for Vogue's August issue!

Steven Counts shoots for Nike Basketball

Check out DMB Photographer Steven Counts latest shoot for Nike Basketball

Kelvyn Colt- 'Just Watch Me' Directed by Hamish Stephenson.

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Gucci Cruise 19

DMB Photographer Martin Parr shoots Gucci Cruise 19 campaign 

Nadia Lee Cohen shoots Factor 0 for Oceanus Swimswear

DMB Photographer Nadia Lee Cohen shoots S/S 18 lookbook for Oceanus Swimswear

Time To Parr

Martin Parr captures the House Timepieces around nine different locations for the 'Time To Parr' campaign with Gucci

Emily Maye X Tracksmith

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Bruce Gilden's project Facing New York

A look back at DMB Photographer Bruce Gilden's project 'Facing New York'

Steven Counts shoots Collaboration with Umbro + Diem

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Peter Fraser's exhibition 'Mathematics'

DMB Photographer Peter Fraser's exhibition 'Mathematics' is currently on at Camden Arts Centre!

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