Juror: Bruce Gilden
Juror's Choice Superhero, 2016
by Merrilee Luke-Ebbeler
Cincinnati, OH USA
I love the people I photograph. I mean, they’re my friends. I’ve never met most of them or I don’t know them at all, yet through my images I live with them. Bruce Gilden
|Exhibit Calendar (Subject to Change)|
|Exhibit Opens:||25 May 17|
|Artists' Reception:||10 June 17 17:00|
|Exhibit Closes:||18 June 17|
Exhibit Catalog now available at PrestoPhoto
Getting close enough to one’s subject(s) is difficult for most of us, and yet it’s essential to making effective street photographs. For this exhibit Darkroom Gallery and juror Bruce Gilden looked for photographs that illustrate the interplay of human activity and that seize the moment.
It was a very hard choice to pick the winner but in the end, there was something in the photo of the boy with the mask. This photo is not a cliché. Overall most of the work missed the mark, some narrowly others by a mile. Many of the photos were too cramped on one side and had too much space on the other side. A good photograph works well across the whole frame.
In closing, street photography as a genre is very difficult to do well. One suggestion I have: keep it simple. Crawl before you walk.
|Petticoat Lane Market, London|
|Wedding on the Hudson 1|
|At the Ice Cream Truck|
|Hat, San Jose, CA|
|Lost in the city|
|42nd Street, January 21, 2017|
|An older self, Tamarama Rocks|
|You'll Never Walk Alone|
|Onwards We Go|
|Spring Grove Cemetery Wedding, 2015.|
|Dark CIty #2|
|5th avenue 1|
|5th avenue 2|
|Blue Front Cafe|
|Western & Santa Monica, L.A. #1 - 2014|
|Christ Died for Our Sin, NY, NY, 2015|
|5th Avenue, NY, NY, 2012|
|Chauffeur, NY, NY, 2015|
|Got a Light?|
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. Gilden is a street photographer. He is best known for his candid close-up photos of people on the streets of New York City, using a flashgun. He has had numerous books of his work published, and is the subject of the documentary film: Misery Loves Company: The Life and Death of Bruce Gilden (2007). He has worked in black & white photography most of his life, but recently has begun shooting color and digital in recent years.