Bruce Gilden, master of street photography
Really more known than Mark Choen , Bruce Gilden is a great street photographer.
“The older I get the closer I get” (Bruce Gilden)
“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” (Robert Capa)
While studying sociology at Penn State, he saw Michelangelo Antonioni’s film Blowup in 1968. Influenced by the film, he purchased his first camera and began taking night classes in photography at the School of Visual Arts of New York. Fascinated with normal people on the street and the idea of visual spontaneity, Gilden turned to a career in photography. He routinely uses a flash, alerting his subjects to his presence, unlike most street photographers. His first major project was documenting the sensuality of the bodies of the people at Coney Island.
A member of Magnum Photos since 1998, he shot images of Japan’s Yakuza mobsters, the homeless, prostitutes, and members of bike gangs between 1995 and 2000