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.

Blanc Mag

Lauren Maccabee shoots Munroe Bergdorf for Blanc Magazine

The Heist

Jumping into the new week looking back at Pierre Winther's campaign 'The Heist' shot for Nike

Calvin Klein

DMB Artist Jenna Gang shoots new animation for Calvin Klein

Gucci Beauty

Martin Parr shoots new lipstick collection Rouge à Lèvres Satin from a new Gucci Beauty line ideated by Alessandro Michele

Circus by Sam Edelman

Jenna Gang shoots new work for Circus by Sam Edelman

Drake Fans

DMB Photographer Lauren Maccabee shoots Drake Fans in London for The Face

Team Lab

From the DMB Archive - Christoffer Rudquist went to Tokyo for Wired UK to photograph Team Lab documenting their creativity with technology

Links of London

Lauren Maccabee shoots the new Orbs collection campaign for Links of London

Small World

A look back at Martin Parr's photo book Small World

Beauty Papers

Bruce Gilden gets up close and personal for the Beauty Papers BIG Issue cover story

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