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.

Harley Davidson

Alex de Mora shoots new Motor Clothes campaign for Harley Davidson 

Painted Faces

Lauren Maccabee shoots new painted faces personal project

Dinner's Ready

Nadia Lee Cohen directs 'Dinner's Ready' starring Sophia Loren for GCDS x BARILLA, inspired by the 1960’s technicolor back lots from the films of Douglas Sirk and Alfred Hitchcock

Virgin Galactic

Steven Counts shoots the space-wear system for Virgin Galactic astronauts designed in collaboration with Under Armour 

Gucci Grip

Clémentine Schneidermann shoots the spirit of skateboarding featuring the Gucci Grip watch in collaboration with artist Zoltar Kieron

Calvin Klein

Jenna Gang shoots new work for Calvin Klein

Sleek Magazine

Martin Parr shoots cover story for Sleek Magazine, where he held a fashion shoot at the Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol

It's Nice That

Lauren Maccabee shoots Pam, worker at the Barbican estate laundrette and her customer David's (cofounder of design studio B.A.M.) unlikely, somewhat dysfunctional friendship

Adidas VRCT

Alex de Mora shoots Adidas VRCT featuring dancer Mette Towley

ES Magazine

Martin Parr shoots Grayson Perry as his alter ego Claire for the latest Evening Standard Magazine Cover Story

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