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.

Peter Fraser's exhibition 'Mathematics'

DMB Photographer Peter Fraser's exhibition 'Mathematics' is currently on at Camden Arts Centre!

Nadia Lee Cohen X Olivia von Halle

DMB Photographer Nadia Lee Cohen shoots ‘Pagoda Motel’ campaign for Olivia von Halle

ALEX DE MORA FOR SNEAKERSNSTUFF X ADIDAS

DMB Photographer Alex de Mora shoots latest editorial for Sneakersnstuff

DMB Welcomes Steven Counts

Get to know the latest Artist to join DMB. Photographer/Director Steven Counts!

Emily Maye X The Speed Project

DMB Photographer Emily Maye's work for Tracksmith currently featured in pop up exhibition at Ludlow Studios NYC

Martin Parr X Common Sense

A look back at Martin Parr's photo book 'Common Sense' 

Emily Maye X Freed London

DMB Photographer Emily Maye shoots personal project inside Freed London's Factory

Jeff Mermelstein X Sidewalk

A look back at DMB Photographer Jeff Mermelstein's 'Sidewalk' project!

Alex de Mora X Slowthai

DMB Photographer Alex de Mora shoots Slowthai for Crack Magazine

Christoffer Rudquist X Rapha Mondial

DMB Photographer Christoffer Rudquist shoots 'Descending' editorial for Rapha Mondial Magazine!

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