Milan, April 30th to May 4th, 2018

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

“If you can smell the street by looking at the photo, it’s a street photograph”

Bruce Gilden


A 5-days photography Master Class with Bruce Gilden

BRUCE GILDEN brings to this masterclass his unique style of street photography which has truly become his own over the past 40 years of working in New York City and other urban areas, both in the US and abroad. He will work with the students to teach them how to improve their pictures shot in the streets by best identifying their working “style” for street photography, and define their personal vision.

During the 5 days of the masterclass, Bruce Gilden will share his own experience in the street to aid the students in gaining “street smart” sensibilities. These principles are necessary to work in any environment and to be in the middle of the scenario without being obtrusive.


PRE_CLASS ASSIGNMENT :               

 Shoot either 50 digital images or 2 rolls of film in an area or a situation where you are  “comfortable” working in, AND 50 digital images (or 2 rolls of film) somewhere else where you are “not comfortable” working in. Please present no more than 5 images.


In addition to the pre-class assignment, bring your best photos, ones that are indicative of your style (they do NOT have to be “street” photographs). After I review their portfolios, each student will be given a personal assignment related to their strengths or weaknesses.


I review the work and then everybody goes out to shoot on their own.


From the recently-completed assignments, each participant will have produced an essay that I will help in putting together.

The Masterclass will be in english, and a maximum of 15 participants will be admitted. Every participant will be given on free loan a Leica camera (upon availability) with lens that can be used for the shooting assignments of the masterclass.

COST OF THE MASTERCLASS IS  € 1.190,00 with last minute special price of € 990,00 only for bookings made within April 27th, 2018


Born in 1946, Bruce Gilden and his photography are inextricably linked. Hours as a child looking at tough guys on the bustling streets of Brooklyn from his second-story window shaped Gilden’s attraction to his photographic subjects, which he fondly refers to as “characters”.

After studying sociology at Penn State University, Gilden felt drawn to photography as a lifestyle after seeing Michelangelo Antonioni’s classic 1966 film Blow Up and he decided that he, too, would become a photographer.

Between trips abroad, Bruce Gilden always went back to his lifetime project, the streets of New York City, where he started photographing in 1981. Gilden’s powerful New York work has brought him worldwide fame: his confrontational, graphic style and his use of flash have rendered his black and white images immediately recognisable. His work on the streets of New York culminated in the publication of Facing New York in 1992, and later in 2005 in his retrospective book A Beautiful Catastrophe.

After years spent traveling around the world on commissions and personal projects in India where he photographed holy gatherings, gypsies in Portugal and Romania and “bad guys” in Russia and Australia, in 2008 Bruce Gilden went back to photograph in his own country. At the time of the American historical pre-election. Gilden captured the sorrow of Americans affected by foreclosures and the melancholy of abandoned homes. His work in Florida became the first segment of “No Place Like Home” a project that would lead him between 2009 and 2011 to Detroit, Michigan; Fresno, California and Reno-Las Vegas, Nevada. The book Foreclosures was published in 2013.

Upon returning from Europe where he had been photographing the streets in London, Gilden felt the need for a change: as he was participating in the Magnum collective project “Postcards From America” in Rochester, New York, Gilden experimented digital color photography and took the change even further, adopting a new style: close up portraits of people’s faces in color. This recent work has been published in the book Face.

In 2015, Gilden returned to candid photography in black and white to photograph in the streets of New York, Paris, Manchester, Hong Kong and Johannesburg on a commission for RATP the Parisian transportation system.

Bruce Gilden’s work has been exhibited widely around the world and is part of many permanent collections such as MOMA, New York, Victoria & Albert Museum, London and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.

Already the recipient of numerous grants and awards (among them three National Endowment for the Arts and a Japan Foundation Fellowship) in 2013, Bruce Gilden became the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Bruce Gilden joined Magnum Photos in 1998.

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