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.

Amazon Prime Wardrobe

DMB Artist Jenna Gang shoots stop motion film for Amazon's new Prime Wardrobe Ad

Future Beach

DMB Photographer Nadia Lee Cohen shoots ‘Future Beach’ for GCDS and Paper Magazine

A Portrait of Faith

DMB Photographer Simon Robert's project ‘A Portrait of Faith’ is currently on show as part of the Sixteen Touring national exhibition currently on show at Format Festival in Derby

Two Yous

DMB Represents produced new EE 'Two Yous' campaign with photographer Amy Currell

Nike Tokyo

DMB Photographer Steven Counts travelled to Tokyo to shoot the style guide for Nike

Virgin Atlantic

DMB Photographer Jenna Gang shoots latest campaign for Virgin Atlantic. Produced by DMB

Art Of Sport

DMB Photographer Steven Counts shoots for Art of Sport

Gaffer Magazine

The first Issue of DMB Artist Hamish Stephenson's publication GAFFER is out now featuring his cover story with Siobhan Bell

BBC Interview with Bruce Gilden

Emily Webb interviews DMB Photographer Bruce Gilden on his latest series 'Only God Can Judge Me' for the BBC

Purple Magazine

DMB Photographer Martin Parr shoots cover story for Purple Magazine

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