Bruce Gilden – Legendary Street Photographer
I have always been a big fan of Bruce Gilden and his photography, when it comes to the genre of street photography there are few out there that would attempt to use his confrontational style of photography he gets incredibly close to his subjects and using a mixture off camera flash and natural light. It’s technically a very difficult technique to use but the results are stunning and inspiring:
He has a lot to say about his approach to the medium:
“I love the people I photograph. I mean, they’re my friends. I’ve never met most of them or I don’t know them at all, yet through my images I live with them. At the same time, they are symbols. The people in my pictures aren’t Mr. Jones or Mr. Smith or whatever; they’re someone that crossed my path or I’ve crossed their path, and through the medium of photography I’ve been able to make a good picture of that encounter. They have a life of their own, but they are also are symbols. I would say that I respect the viewer, but I don’t want to tell him everything. Hopefully, there’s an element of mystery involved. I like him to look at a picture and say “Well, that that reminds me of someone,” and make up a little story in his head, make him smile, brighten up his day. I think this is what I’m trying to achieve with my photographs. – Bruce Gilden – on the question: “Do you consider these photographs to be portraits or do they serve some other function?” Interview with Bruce Gilden, PBS, The Arts Show.
Here is a recent short Ducumentary that gives a fascinating insight into his way of working: