As part of this year’s Berlin Photo Week, Leica presents a showcase of works by Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden. The exhibition, titled ‘American Made’ (see S Magazine #7: Bruce Gilden – American Made), is open at the Haubentaucher event space in Berlin’s R.A.W. Area from August 27 to 29, 2021.
Over the past several decades, Gilden’s confrontational style of street photography has made him a prominent and much-discussed representative of American photography. For most of his career, the artist worked exclusively in black and white. However, discovering the merits of the Leica S a few years ago prompted him to start shooting in colour. Gilden’s portrait series ‘Face’ (2013/14), saw him further intensify his approach. Travelling to various State Fairs in the American Midwest (as well as photographing people he encountered in cities such as Las Vegas and Los Angeles), he built up a rapport with each subject prior to taking their portrait – creating images that are mesmerising in their directness and depth.
Alongside the Bruce Gilden showcase, Leica offers visitors a chance to test the company’s latest product portfolio and benefit from in-depth consultations. Leica’s presence at the Berlin Photo Week also extends to the nearby Cassiopeia Club, where the exhibition ‘Montreux’ by Leica photographer Michael Agel will be displayed. Agel has spent many years accompanying a wide range of musicians on their concerts and tours – from Jamie Cullum to Metallica, all the way to the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra. In 2013, he photographed virtually every performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival, capturing the greats of the jazz world in action with his Leica S and Leica M Monochrom.
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