GRAIN Artists Talk – Bruce Gilden
8th April 2014
Library of Birmingham, Birmingham
GRAIN and Multistory are delighted to welcome Bruce Gilden to talk at the Library of Birmingham.
Meeting room 104, 6-8pm
Like all artists, Bruce Gilden’s life bleeds into and informs every piece of work he’s ever created. Growing up in Brooklyn with what he describes as a “tough guy” of a father, Bruce developed a love of the streets, often calling them his “second home.” But the love was more than just a simple connection — it was a creative fascination. It was the unique energy of the streets that mesmerized Bruce, an energy that can momentarily expose something inside people that generally stays hidden. Another defining characteristic of Gilden’s photography is his creative attraction to what he calls “characters,” and he has been tracking them down all through his career. His first major project, which he worked on until 1986, focused on Coney Island, the legendary Brooklyn beach where New Yorkers who cannot escape the city heat have been going for cheap thrills summer after summer.
Since 1981, Gilden had tackled a new approach to urban spaces, specifically the streets of New York City. It became a major ongoing project for more than twenty years, and his work culminated in the
publication of Facing New York (1992), and later A Beautiful Catastrophe (2005).
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. But what truly sets Bruce apart from other photographers is not his accolades or his experience, but his ability to see and capture the essence of a character, a place or a moment. It’s a sixth sense that can’t be taught, but simply learned by years of walking the streets with
your eyes wide open. Bruce Gilden joined Magnum Photos in 1998. He lives in New York City.
In this talk Bruce will present work from his Multistory Black Country commission called ‘Left Behind’.
“My presentation will show images from my 45 year career including the new ‘Colour Left Behind work in America and in the Black Country.”
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