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Iconic street photographer Bruce Gilden has always had a fascination with what he calls “characters”. So, for Gilden, New York, with its famously idiosyncratic citizenry and the unique energy of its streets, proved to be a giant creative playground. Gilden captured New York at its highest level of intensity, and New Yorkers in moments of utter spontaneity yet still exposing the humanity that lies behind their hardened exteriors.

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

Bruce Gilden

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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