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.

Golden Lion Winner

DMB are proud to announce Nadia Lee Cohen's campaign Billie Jean King Your Shoes for Adidas has won a Cannes Golden Lion award!

Vogue

Martin Parr's fashion shoot at The Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum for the April Issue of Vogue

Thy Mission

Nadia Lee Cohen directs 'Thy Mission' with Charlie Denis for The Garden featuring Mac De Marco

Christies Magazine

Christoffer Rudquist shoots cover story at home with Pierre Chen in Tokyo for Christies

Share your Stripes

Finn Taylor for Adidas - Share your Stripes campaign, shot at Real Madrid

Ralph Lauren

Lauren Maccabee shoots new work for Ralph Lauren

Blanc Mag

Lauren Maccabee shoots Munroe Bergdorf for Blanc Magazine

The Heist

Jumping into the new week looking back at Pierre Winther's campaign 'The Heist' shot for Nike

Calvin Klein

DMB Artist Jenna Gang shoots new animation for Calvin Klein

Gucci Beauty

Martin Parr shoots new lipstick collection Rouge à Lèvres Satin from a new Gucci Beauty line ideated by Alessandro Michele

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