Tag: Bruce Gilden

Bruce Gilden Has Balls | Leicaphilia

I like Gilden. It takes a lot of balls to walk up to someone on the street and push a flash camera in their face. Does it take some special photographic talent? No. But that’s not the point. It takes a certain unified vision. The point is Gilden has created an aesthetic unique to him and hasn’t much deviated from it in 50 years. As such, he’s created a large, coherent body of work. I’ve heard people criticize his work, claiming it gimmicky and artless, something any 8th grader would be capable of. Could your kid have taken these pictures? Yes. But your kid didn’t, and Gilden did, just like it would have been within your kid’s skill set to have painted Jackson Pollock’s Alchemy, 1947. Your kid didn’t, because your kid would have never considered the aesthetic potential inherent in the medium. The genius of Pollock -and Gilden- is having seen the aesthetic others missed.


Exploring Detroit’s Soul – The Leica Camera Blog

Street photography can come in many shapes and sizes. For Bruce Gilden, it has a strong definition, one that is exemplified by the close up images he takes of people in the streets. “Detroit: Against the Wind” is Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden’s ode to the Midwestern city and its inhabitants. The exhibition, open until October 6th, commissioned by Leica UK, includes more than 20 new photographs taken by Gilden earlier this year, shot on the Leica M-System.


Listen: Is Bruce Gilden’s ‘Two Days in Appalachia’ Poverty Porn? | American Photo

Roger May, the director of Looking at Appalachia, which recently got some nice coverage on Lens, was invited on West Virginia’s “Front Porch” podcast to discuss. Embedded above, you’ll hear 20 minutes of very fair criticism exploring whether Gilden’s garish images feed into existing stereotypes that plague the region in the wake of a long history of exploitative visual representation made by those who parachute in. Or, whether by virtue of being just about indistinguishable from the work Gilden makes anywhere he goes, they engage with that history in a more nuanced way.