American Made reveals the sensational outcome of Gilden’s artistic catharsis, and the transformation of his street photography into documentary portrait photography. He complements the American Made series with details, half-portraits, still lifes and food photography. With this issue of the S Magazine, Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden continues developing his reportage project about the USA, where he questions the reality of the USA today, and what has happened to the great American Dream.
The diversity of the faces he captures reveals a basic truth: the world is not made up exclusively of winners, and there is much that we do not want to see up close – yet this is what makes life and people so special. Gilden underlines a perspective in direct opposition to a world beautifully retouched and without blemish. His pictures get under the skin. They are an invitation to consider the way the world today is leaving its mark on people. In many ways, the theme has brought Bruce Gilden back to himself.
The S Magazine No. 7 is a revolutionary showcase of the precision and emotions in Gilden’s work, edited by the reportage photographer himself and with texts by his wife, Sophie Gilden. In the magazine, Sophie writes about his artistic development. In an interview she does with him, he reveals the idea behind the American Made series made possible by the Leica S, how the camera opened up new dimensions for him, and why less distance from his motifs is more than just a stylistic tool.
In addition to the elaborate S Magazine, which includes 80 of Gilden's pictures in up to 24 x 64cm format, LFI is also producing worldwide exhibitions of the photographer's detail-rich pictures, printed in outstanding quality. With their 2.7 x 1.8m format, they are probably the largest, single-sheet photographs ever printed in such high quality on Kodak photo paper.
Following a preview presentation at the Leica Fotografie International exhibition space, another 26 prints will be on display as of October 23 at the Hamburg offices of Edel AG.
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