In 2013 Bruce Gilden travelled to the Black Country, England’s Midlands. The iconic street photographer created a portrait of the people and places that make up the area. Gilden’s idea was to focus on “”the invisible people”” who are often on the periphery, marginalised. Gilden met residents on the streets of West Bromwich, Dudley and Wolverhampton over two years meet people and to take portraits on the streets of West Bromwich, Dudley and Wolverhampton from 2013 to 2014, showing every detail of the subjects.

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

Bruce Gilden
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An iconic street photographer with a unique style, Bruce Gilden was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1946. Although he did attend some evening classes at the School of Visual Arts in New York, Bruce Gilden is to be considered substantially a self-taught photographer. Right from childhood, he has always been fascinated by the life on the streets and the complicated and fascinating motion it involves, and this was the 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. Bruce Gilden joined Magnum Photos in 1998. He lives in Beacon, New York.

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