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BRUCE GILDEN for DRYKORN AW 17

Unique photographs of an unrivalled city:
Reknown street photographer Bruce Gilden has joined the AW17 Campaign Shooting in New York! See the whole gallery that captures the stunning everyday life in Chinatown.

"I DO SAY FUCK A LOT...DON'T I?"

- BRUCE GILDEN -

Bruce Gilden and his photography are inextricably linked. Hours as a child looking at tough
guys on the bustling streets of Brooklyn from his second-story window shaped Gilden’s
attraction to his photographic subjects, which he fondly refers to as “characters”. Bruce
began studying sociology, which he soon found too boring and removed from his
personality. Bruce quit college and experimented with acting but gave it up when he
realized he couldn’t do Shakespeare with his Brooklyn accent. The climax came in 1968
when, having seen Antonioni’s Blow Up, Gilden felt drawn to photography as a lifestyle and
decided that he, too, would become a photographer. He bought himself a cheap Miranda
camera and took a few evening classes at the School of Visual Arts, although he is primarily
self-taught. Since then, Bruce has continued to focus on strong characters. Whether in Coney
Island, the streets of New York, Haiti, Ireland, Tokyo, India, Russia, England and, more
recently, in America, Gilden has applied Robert Capa’s mantra to his own work: “If the
picture isn’t good enough, you aren’t close enough”. His confrontational style, and his use of
flash, render his images immediately recognizable, in black-and-white film or now in digital
color. Gilden joined Magnum in 1998. Gilden’s work has been widely exhibited and is part
of numerous museum and private collections. He has published 15 monographs and
received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013. He now lives in Beacon, New York.

"I SEARCH FOR AN INTENSE FACE WITH SOMETHING INTENSE IN THE EYES; EYES THAT HAVE LIVED."

- BRUCE GILDEN -

As great fans of Bruce and his \'real life\' approach to photography it was a
no brainer to invite him for our shoot in his hometown, New York.

We think that his work reflects and captures true beauty in different, real forms.
For us it\'s personality and experience that make people unique and beautiful,
and it is exactly this kind of beauty that is portrayed in Bruce’s work.

"IF THE PICTURE ISN'T GOOD ENOUGH, YOU AREN'T CLOSE ENOUGH"

- ROBERT CAPA -

SO IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW, NOW YOU DO: DRYKORN - FOR BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE.

BOOKS 

2016 Face, Dewi Lewis Publishing
2016 Hey Mister Throw Me Some Beads, Kehrer Verlag Publishing
2015 American Made,  Leica S Publishing
2015 Un Nouveau Regard sur la Mobilité Urbaine,  Editions La Martiniére
2014 Bruce Gilden Photo Poche, Thames & Hudson
2013, A Complete Examination of Middlesex, Archive of Modern Conflict
2013, Foreclosures, Browns Editions
2011 Stern Fotografie
2006 Fashion Magazine, Magnum Photos, France
2005 A Beautiful Catastrophe, Powerhouse, USA
2002 Coney Island, Trebruk, UK
2000 Go,Trebruk-Magnum
1999 After the Off , Dewi Lewis Publishing
1999 Ciganos, Centro Portuguès de Fotografia, Lisbon, Portugal
1996 Haiti, Dewi Lewis Publishing and Editions Marval, UK & France
1994 Bleus, Cahier#13, Mission Photographique Transmanche, CRP Nord Pas-de-Calais, France

1992 Facing New York, Cornerhouse Publications, UK