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.

Numero

Nadia Lee Cohen shoots new ‘American Crime Story’  self portrait story for the cover of Numero’s ‘Amerika'

Victoria Park Vixens

Lauren Maccabee shoots the Victoria Park Vixens for GAFFER Magazine and Nike London

Nike Ramadan

Alex de Mora shoots new Nike Campaign for Ramadan

Facing New York

A look back at DMB Photographer Bruce Gilden's project 'Facing New York'

Happy 4th July

Happy 4th July!

Notion

Lauren Maccabee shoots sisters Aimee Lou Wood from Netflix's Sex Education and Emily Wood for Notion

Esquire

Christoffer Rudquist shoots 'The Capital of Tomorrow: How Tokyo Is Upping Its Game' editorial in Tokyo for Esquire

Bloomberg Business

Neil Woodford shot by Finn Taylor for Bloomberg Businessweek

Nike

Lauren Maccabee shoots the England team for Nike Women’s World Cup campaign

Cannes Golden Lion Winner

DMB are proud to announce Nadia Lee Cohen's campaign Billie Jean King Your Shoes for Adidas has won a Cannes Golden Lion award last night! Produced by DMB and directed and photographed by Nadia Lee Cohen

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