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 clichés 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”