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.

DMB Welcomes Hannah Sider

Get to know the latest Artist to join DMB. Photographer Hannah Sider

Filling Pieces

Alex de Mora shoots the latest Court Female 19 campaign in London for Filling Pieces featuring model Symone Lu. Produced by DMB.

Gucci Beauty

Martin Parr shoots new Gucci Beauty campaign featuring shade number 25* ‘Goldie Red’, with creative direction by Alessandro Michele

Fila

Hannah Siders shoots influencers in Palm Springs for Fila Tennis

Starbucks

New work by Jenna Gang for Starbucks

ESPN

A look back at Emily Maye's Water Polo shoot for ESPN

Asap Rocky x Guess

A look back at GUESS Originals collaboration with A$AP Rocky's campaign shot by Hannah Sider

MARTINE ALI SS20

New Martine Ali SS20 campaign shot by Hannah Sider

Dinner's Ready

Nadia Lee Cohen directs 'Dinner's Ready' starring Sophia Loren for GCDS x BARILLA, inspired by the 1960’s technicolor back lots from the films of Douglas Sirk and Alfred Hitchcock

Harley Davidson

Alex de Mora shoots new Motor Clothes campaign for Harley Davidson 

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