FotoWeek continues: Bruce Gilden speaks in DC, November 19th, 5:30 p.m.

SO much going on at FotoWeek DC! I hope you have all had a look at the offerings and are making plans now to attend the 2009 Festivities!

As part of FotoWeek DC, Bruce Gilden will be speaking at 5:30 at the School of Communications, Weschler Theater, Mary Graydon Center at American University

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, room 31 (Free Parking is available after 5 pm in the Sports Center Garage)

“As part of the Camera as Catalyst Magnum Photographers Series, Bruce Gilden will

lecture on his work.

Gilden’s curiosity about strong characters and individual peculiarities has been

present from the beginning of his career. His first major project, which he

worked on until 1986, focused on Coney Island, and on the intimacy of the

sensual, fat or skinny bodies sprawled across the legendary New York beach.

During these early years Gilden also photographed in New Orleans during

its famous Mardi Gras festival. Then, in 1984,he began to work in Haiti,

following his fascination with voodoo places, rites and beliefs there; his

book Haiti was published in 1996.

In June 1998 Gilden joined Magnum. He returned to his roots and tackled a new

approach to urban spaces, specifically the streets of New York City, where he

had been working since 1981. His work culminated in the publication of Facing

New York (1992), and later A Beautiful Catastrophe (2005); getting ever

closer to his subject, he established an expressive and theatrical style that

presented the world as a vast comedy of manners. His project After the Off,

with text by the Irish writer Dermot Healey, explored rural Ireland and its

craze for horseracing. Gilden’s next book, Go, was a penetrating look at

Japan’s dark side. Images of the homeless and of Japan’smafia gangs

easily bypassed the conventional visual clich├ęs of Japanese culture.

Gilden, who has travelled and exhibited widely around the world, has

received numerous awards, including the European Award for

Photography, three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships,

and a Japan Foundation fellowship.

He lives in New York City. (www.magnumphotos.com”

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