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BRUCE GILDEN
[b. 1946] American street photographer
I love the people I photograph. I mean, they're my friends. I've never met most of them or I don't know them at all, yet through my images I live with them. At the same time, they are symbols. The people in my pictures aren't Mr. Jones or Mr. Smith or whatever; they're someone that crossed my path or I've crossed their path, and through the medium of photography I've been able to make a good picture of that encounter. They have a life of their own, but they are also are symbols. I would say that I respect the viewer, but I don't want to tell him everything. Hopefully, there's an element of mystery involved. I like him to look at a picture and say "Well, that that reminds me of someone," and make up a little story in his head, make him smile, brighten up his day. I think this is what I'm trying to achieve with my photographs. - Bruce Gilden - on the question: "Do you consider these photographs to be portraits or do they serve some other function?" Interview with Bruce Gilden, PBS, The Arts Show.

I'm known for taking pictures very close, and the older I get, the closer I get. - Bruce Gilden

If you can smell the street by looking at the photo, it’s a street photograph. - Bruce Gilden

Photograph who you are. - Bruce Gilden - From the book: The Photographer's Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas Book by Gregory Halpern and Jason Fulford

I always said it kept me alive—photography—because it did. It was my catharsis. - Bruce Gilden

I’m photographing myself out there. Not myself physically, but mentally. It’s my take on the world. - Bruce Gilden

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