Bruce Gilden’s childhood in Brooklyn endowed him with a keen eye for observing urban behaviours and customs. He studied sociology, but his interest in photography grew when he saw Michelangelo Antonioni’s film Blow-Up, after which he began taking night classes in photography at the New York School of Visual Arts.
In June 1998 Gilden joined Magnum. He returned to his roots and tackled a new approach to urban spaces, specifically the streets of New York City, where he had been working since 1981. His work culminated in the publication of Facing New York (1992), and later A Beautiful Catastrophe (2005); getting ever closer to his subject, he established an expressive and theatrical style that presented the world as a vast comedy of manners.
Gilden, who has travelled and exhibited widely around the world, has received numerous awards, including the European Award for Photography, three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and a Japan Foundation fellowship. He lives in New York City.