"I'm known for taking pictures very close, and the older I get, the closer I get"

- Bruce Gilden

b. 1946

American

Based in New York, USA

Member

Available for commissions
& assignments

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.

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Selected works

Society

Go: standing out from the crowd

Bruce Gilden

Bruce Gilden goes in search of the darker side of Japan capturing a world of Yakuza, street racers and the homeless

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Newsroom

What Bruce Gilden Learnt Photographing in Grocery Store Parking Lots During COVID-19

Bruce Gilden

Past Workshop

Magnum Learn Live: Online Workshop with Bruce Gilden

Bruce Gilden
May 18 - 29

Theme | 31 Stories

Magnum Photos on COVID-19

Theme | 36 Stories

New York: Photographing the City

Past Exhibition
New York,

Lost and Found

Bruce Gilden
Until Apr 5

Theory & Practice

Behind the Image: Bruce Gilden’s Subway Santa

Bruce Gilden

Lost and Found

Bruce Gilden
Shop

Theory & Practice

Lost and Found

Bruce Gilden

Theme | 7 Stories

Living With the Land

Past Workshop
London, United Kingdom

Be Yourself: Find Your Photographic Voice with Bruce Gilden

Bruce Gilden
Oct 30 - Nov 3 · Fully booked

Theory & Practice

Watch: Bruce Gilden on New Yorkers and Childhood Inspirations

Bruce Gilden

Theory & Practice

“I am the pace of New York” – The Rewards and Pitfalls of Photographing the Familiar

Bruce Gilden

Facing New York

Bruce Gilden
Shop

Past Exhibition
Toulon, France

Picture Yourself

Magnum Photographers
Until Sep 28, 2019

Past Exhibition
Miami, United States

Miami Photo Fest Presents: Only God Can Judge Me

Bruce Gilden
Until Mar 3, 2019

Past Exhibition
Miami, United States

Miami Photo Fest Presents: Farm Boys and Farm Girls USA

Bruce Gilden
Until Mar 3, 2019

Past Workshop
Miami, USA

Be Yourself: Workshop with Bruce Gilden in Miami

Bruce Gilden
Feb 22 - 26