Unaware: Bruce Gilden

Street photographer Bruce Gilden born in Brooklyn, is best known for his aggressive straight in the face photographs yet honest and direct.  He shoots extremely close with his 28mm with a flash that is angled to highlight the human drama.  His photographs are candid closeups of people in a cinematic way.

Gilden explains “If you can smell the street by looking at the photo; it’s a street photograph”.  He sees into the soul of the person.  His candid unboring close shots and unconventional compositions provoke emotions and humanity of his street photographs.

“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” — Robert Capa.

However to me Gilden is a bit aggressive and I don’t see myself doing the same.  I would prefer to either talk to the strangers or sneak to take the shot!  I do however admire his strong personality that helped him get to where he is now in his photography.

This video shows Bruce Gilden taking photographs in WNYC street.

Source:  Bruce Gilden

Another video that I find informative is of Gilden while reading people posted photographs:

Source: Bruce Gilden

“I’m known for taking pictures very close, and the older I get, the closer I get.” — Bruce Gilden.

Bibliography / References:

Bruce Gilden [online].  Available from:  http://www.brucegilden.com/videos/ [Accessed 22 August, 2016].

Eric Kim. 5 Lessons Bruce Gilden Has Taught Me About Street Photography [online]. Available from: http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2013/08/24/5-lessons-bruce-gilden-has-taught-me-about-street-photography/ [Accessed 22 August, 2016].


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