BE YOURSELF with Bruce Gilden
Date: April 2nd – 6th
Location: Leica Store LA – 8783 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048
Instructors: Bruce Gilden
Focus: Navigating Street Photography
Requirements: Open to both passionate amateurs and professionals
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This five-day intensive workshop, led by legendary Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden, takes students out of their comfort zone with the aim of identifying each participant’s personal working ‘style’ for street photography. Famous for his in-your- face street portraiture, and with almost fifty year’s worth of photography experience, Gilden will set personal assignments that will provide the opportunity to photograph throughout the workshop while receiving daily, constructive feedback to define and understand your personal vision. Open to both passionate amateurs and professionals, students will learn how to improve their images and how to be ‘street smart’ in various shooting environments – honing in on that ability of being ‘in the thick of it’ while remaining unobtrusive. This is a rare opportunity to learn from the master himself. “I want to help you MAKE photographs, not TAKE photographs!” – Bruce Gilden
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. In 1968, he bought himself a cheap Miranda camera and took a few evening classes at the School of Visual Arts. Those early classes aside, Gilden is essentially self-taught. To support his burgeoning photography habit he drove a New York yellow cab, but found that the job left him no time to take pictures. So he quit and began driving a truck part-time for his father’s business, walking the streets with his camera on his days off. Since then, Bruce Gilden has continued to focus on strong characters and to apply Robert Capa’s mantra to his own work: “if the picture isn’t good enough, you aren’t close enough”.
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