From June 24 to August 28, 2016, the Leica Gallery Warsaw is presenting “American Made”, an exhibition of pictures by the exceptional, American photographer, Bruce Gilden.
Bruce Gilden is considered one of the most polarising American photographers. His mercilessly tough and confrontational style of street photography, which he has practised for the past 40 years springing in front of people camera in one hand flash in the other, is as famous as it is infamous. The number of his fans equals that of his critics. He has been a member of the legendary Magnum photo cooperative since 1998.
His most recent, much discussed Faces project is extreme even by his own standards, however. As he says, in the past he never got as close up and personal to his protagonists as he does for this series; and it is because of this extreme proximity that he first asks them for permission. This means that the pictures, despite their unsettling ruthlessness, are the result of a consensus and a brief, yet intense, moment of interaction between Gilden and those he is photographing. The subjects in his series are those who, for whatever reasons, are no longer part of mainstream society. With his pictures, Gilden gives them a brutal presence, that the viewer can not avoid nor deny. Always searching for the visible and invisible scars that life has left on these people, as well as the incredibly intense and captivating look in their eyes, he finds them all over the world – whether in South America, England or at home in the US.
Leica Camera and the Leica Fotografie International (LFI) S Magazine have been following this project in the USA for a year. The outcome is American Made, Gilden's impressive snapshots of those of his fellow citizens who have been unable to live the American Dream. 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.
The S Magazine is available via the LFI shop.
Each issue is also available for free in an elaborate digital version on the S App (for iOS and Android (Google Play or Amazon)
For further information visit: Leica Gallery Warsaw