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Past Exhibition

Miami Photo Fest Presents: Farm Boys and Farm Girls USA

Bruce Gilden's portraits of young people in rural America go on show in Miami

Bruce Gilden

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
Bruce Gilden Mercedes, a farm girl at the state fair. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. 2017. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos
Bruce Gilden Dustin, a farm boy at the state fair. Saint Paul, MN, USA. 2017. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos
Bruce Gilden Boone at the state fair. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. 2017. © Bruce Gilden | Magnum Photos

The Magnum photographer who grew up as a “city boy” and spent most of his career working in urban environments couldn’t be further removed from the ways of life of the agricultural community in Middle America.

In 2014, as Bruce Gilden was photographing at crowded state fairs, he came upon young people showcasing and selling their livestock. It revealed an unfamiliar and fascinating world that took him “outside his comfort zone”.

In 2017, Gilden decided to continue his work on the farm kids. He followed them at state fairs and livestock exhibitions where they fiercely compete, and at educational conventions where they learn how to become successful members of the agricultural community.

This exhibition is part of Miami Photo Fest, a yearly photography festival in a city known for its diverse artistic and cultural lifestyle. This festival is dedicated to the creative documentary practice alongside an exciting 5-day cultural and educational program that will feature an array of photography workshops, lecture panels, portfolio reviews, a photo-book fair, youth activities and scholarships.

More information here.