We tend to think of portraits as flattering portrayals of people we love, or celebrities, or of people in power. The selfies and self-portraits that people post on Facebook tend to glamorize their lives and to present themselves as attractive, impressive and desirable according to visual characteristics that are valued in our status-conscious, media-saturated societies. With his new book of portraits of less-than-glamorous people, Bruce Gilden puts us uncomfortably close to people whose faces contradict the idealized faces we encounter in magazines, movies and social media websites.

He once described the way he photographs as “flash in one hand and jumping at people”. On YouTube you can see him on the streets of New York, striding purposefully through the crowds and suddenly thrusting his camera into the faces of unsuspecting subjects.  It’s a very old-school New York style of photography: tough, confrontational, literally in-your-face and, after 40 years of doing it, he is a master of sorts. You love his photographs or you hate them. He probably doesn’t give a damn either way.

G Shock

DMB Artists Alex de Mora and Hamish Stephenson collaborate on the latest G-Shock campaign.

Stories Collective

DMB Photographer Eudes de Santana shoots editorial for Stories Collective

Vogue Brasil

DMB Photographer Martin Parr shoots cover story for Vogue Brasil January 19

Sleek Magazine

DMB Photographer Nadia Lee Cohen shoots cover story for Sleek Magazine

Emily Maye X Tracksmith

DMB Director Emily Maye shoots latest film for Tracksmith Running featuring the No Days Off collection

Helo Pinheiro

DMB Photographer Martin Parr shoots Helo Pinheiro, the original Girl from Ipanema for Vogue Brasil

Night Crawlers

DMB Artist Steven Counts directs Extra Butter X North Face collaboration film 'Night Crawlers'

Vogue Brasil

DMB Photographer Martin Parr shoots the cover for Vogue Brasil January 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Happy New Year from Everyone at DMB! 

Chaos Sixtynine

DMB Photographer Martin Parr collaborates with Chaos Sixtynine Magazine featuring Sun, Sand and Festive Jumpers

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