Street Life of New York City in the 1970s and 1980s Through the lens of Bruce Gilden

Bruce Gilden is a famous street photographer. His sharp, often confrontational close-ups made with a flash have become a signature of his work because of their intimacy and directness. Gilden grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Although he attended evening classes at the School of Visual Arts in New York, he considers himself largely self-taught. Gilden briefly considered becoming an actor, but he decided to become a photographer when he bought his first camera in 1967.

The ‘Lost and Found’ series reveals an unknown element of Gilden’s work by displaying an extraordinary New York. Almost all of these pictures were taken without flash, which soon became his trademark. With all the young man’s energy in his thirties, Gilden launched an assault on New York in a visibly tense atmosphere.

Probably in a transition period at that time, wanting to use flash more and make more dramatic photos. Maybe that’s why I overlooked these images

Throughout this gallery of portraits, Gilden’s compositions-mostly horizontal-simmer with energy and are filled with characters from all walks of life, as if he were aiming to capture everything that caught his eye.

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