Bruce Gilden Man, dog, cart. New York City. USA. 1989. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos

During this five-day workshop, renowned street photographer Bruce Gilden will lead participants through a series of intensive reviews, group critiques, individual shooting assignments, and editing sessions. You will have daily opportunities to create new work throughout the duration of the workshop. Gilden will push you out of your comfort zone, with the aim of identifying your personal working style, helping you define your individual vision.

Open to both passionate amateurs and professionals, this is a unique opportunity to learn from a master of street photography in the vibrant streets of London. You and your peers will work with Gilden to edit and produce a final sequence to be projected on the evening of the last day of the event at the Magnum Print Room.

This workshop offers:

• Personalised assignments set based on your needs
• Immersion into the key concepts of street photography
• Support in identifying your working style in the street
• Advice on developing your own photographic vision
• Guidance on how to edit and sequence your images

Bruce Gilden Jenna, a farm girl. Iowa. USA. 2017. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos
Bruce Gilden Nathen, a farm boy. Iowa. USA. 2017. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos

Where & When

Location: London, exact venue TBC

Wednesday 30 October 2019 – 3 November 2019


Early Bird £1200 including VAT Before September 17th
Full Fee £1350 including VAT After September 17th


This workshop is now fully booked.

Selection and Requirements

The workshop is open to 14 applicants, who will be selected based on images submitted. Places confirmed by October 4th. Due to the fast pace of the workshop, Magnum highly recommends that participants produce and edit their work during the workshop digitally, using their own laptops. Candidates will be expected to arrive comfortable with their equipment, ready to work. Participants will be asked to bring no more than 20 prints for review on the first day of the workshop if possible.


The workshop will be held in English


For enquiries relating to this project please email Sonia Jeunet

Bruce Gilden

Bruce Gilden is one of the most iconic street photographers of our time. Known for his graphic and often confrontational close-ups made using flash, his images have a degree of intimacy and directness that have become a signature in his work. Though he cut his teeth on the sidewalks of New York City where he grew up, he has since made significant bodies of work in Haiti, Japan, Moscow, France, Ireland and India. “I’m known for taking pictures very close,” says Gilden of his practice. “And the older I get, the closer I get.”

Gilden was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1946. He studied sociology at Penn State University but didn’t complete the course. Although he briefly flirted with the idea of being an actor, Gilden decided to become a photographer in 1967, when he bought his first camera. He attended evening classes at the School of Visual Arts in New York, but largely considers himself to be self-taught.

As well as his many acclaimed personal projects, Gilden has worked on commissions for Louis Vuitton, RATP Parisian transportation system, The Climate Group, and Mission Photographique Transmanche as well as publications including Wallpaper, New York Times Magazine.

Gilden has received many awards and grants for his work, including National Endowments for the Arts fellowships (1980, 1984 and 1992), French “Villa Medicis Hors les Murs” grant (1995), grants from the New York State Foundation for the Arts ( 1979, 1992 and 2000), a Japan Foundation Artist Fellowship (1999) and in 2013 a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship. Since the seventies, his work has been exhibited in museums and galleries all over the world.

Gilden lives in Beacon, New York. He joined Magnum Photos in 1998.

Bruce Gilden New York City. USA. 1990. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos
Bruce Gilden New York City. USA. 1984. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos

Terms and Conditions

• All fees must be paid on application
• Magnum Photos reserves the right to cancel groups with less than 9 participants. Students will be given a full refund. In the event of cancellation, students will be given at least 3 weeks advance notice
• Magnum Photos reserves the right to change or alter the program advertised
• Magnum Photos is not responsible for reimbursement of travel expenses in case the workshop is cancelled. We highly recommend that you buy refundable tickets and/or travel insurance
• Refunds to applicants who wish to cancel their place on the workshop can only be given up to 21 days in advance of the date of the workshop. After this point, refunds cannot be issued

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