Past Artist Talk
Magnum Photos Now: Bruce Gilden Up Close
Join the Magnum photographer as he discusses his personal technique and the concept of ’distance’ in portrait photography
It was Magnum Photos co-founder Robert Capa who famously professed, “if your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough,” but it was Bruce Gilden who made this dictum his defining factor.
For Gilden, physical proximity to his subjects is paramount, which, combined with his signature use of flash, makes for photographs that invite the viewer to explore his subjects’ imperfections in the most minute and vivid detail.
In conversation with Emma Chetcuti, director at arts organization Multistory, this latest instalment of Magnum Photos Now (our ongoing series of talks in partnership with the Barbican), will explore what distance means in photography for the photographer, the subject, but also for the viewer.
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An Iconic street photographer with a unique style, Bruce Gilden was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1946. In 1967, after a brief career in acting, he decided to buy a camera and to become a photographer.
Right from childhood, Gilden has always been fascinated by life on the streets and the complicated and fascinating motion it involves. It was this spark that inspired his first long-term personal projects, photographing in Coney Island and then during the Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
Over the years he has produced long and detailed photographic projects in New York, Haiti, France , Ireland, India, Russia, Japan and now in America.
Gilden has published 15 monographs of his work and joined Magnum Photos in 1998. He lives in Beacon, New York.
Emma Chetcuti is the Director of Multistory, an arts organisation located in the Black Country in the West Midlands. Multistory connects photographers, filmmakers and writers with communities, who have little or no access to the arts, to make visible their stories about everyday life.
The work is presented in exhibitions, films, publications and podcasts to local audiences as well as regionally, nationally and internationally. The growing body of work is also accessible online and is a lasting, contemporary photographic archive of the area.
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