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.

Dr. Martens “Tough As You” Nakhane

Alex de Mora directs 'Tough As You' campaign for Dr Martens

Reading Festival

Lauren Maccabee travelled to Reading Festival last weekend with The Face Magazine to document what has become the the post-GCSE rite of passage for 16 year olds. ⁣⁣⁣⁣

Arles

Martin Parr shoots the cover story for Arles Magazine Issue #2 - Gate To The South

Babushka Boi

Nadia Lee Cohen directs A$AP Rocky's new music video 'Babushka Boi'

Top Boy

Alex de Mora shoots the Season 3 campaign for Top Boy, a Netflix Original Series. Produced by DMB.

Vogue España

Martin Parr shoots 'I Love Benidorm' editorial for Vogue España June 2019

Filling Pieces

Alex de Mora shoots the latest campaign for Filling Pieces. Produced by DMB.

Whoop 3.0

Emily Maye shoots new campaign for Whoop 3.0

A Complete Examination of Middlesex

A look back at Bruce Gilden’s project ‘A Complete Examination of Middlesex’, where he was commissioned by the Archive of Modern Conflict to capture the people and places of London.

Blackpink

Lauren Maccabee documents the ‘Blinks’ in Manchester for The Face Magazine

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