by Bruce-Gilden
Bruce Gilden (born 1946) is a noted street photographer, known for his work in New York City. While studying sociology at Penn State, he saw Michelangelo Antonioni's film Blowup in 1968. Due to the film's influence, he purchased his first camera as a result, and began taking night classes in photography at the School of Visual Arts of New York. He routinely uses his camera's flash, alerting his subjects to his presence, unlike most street photographers. Fascinated with normal people on the street and the idea of visual spontaneity, Gilden turned to a career in photography.[1] A member of Magnum Photos, he shot images of Japan's Yakuza mobsters, the homeless, prostitutes, and members of bike gangs between 1995 and 2000. According to Gilden, he was fascinated by the duality and double lives of the individuals he photographed.[2] Gilden is also the subject of Misery Loves Company: The Life and Death of Bruce Gilden, a documentary produced in 2007.[3

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