Bruce Gilden was born in 1946 and grew up in Brooklyn, New
York. After taking photography classes at the School of Visual
Arts, he embarked on his first major project: recording tourists
and pleasure-seekers visiting Coney Island. Gilden is probably best
known for his work on the streets of New York, focusing on the
city's characters and outsiders, but he has also spent many years
on projects devoted on projects in Haiti, Japan, and Ireland. A
member of Magnum Photos since 1998, Gilden has taken the genre of
street photography and pushed it in new directions, documenting the
essence of the people he sees and the social landscape through
which they move.
His photographs have been widely exhibited in museums and galleries all over the world and are included in many permanent collections, including MoMA and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia; the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; La Bibliotheque nationale de France, Paris; the Royal Photographic Society, Bath, England; and the National Gallery of Canada. Sophie Darmaillacq is a journalist and writer based in New York. She is married to Bruce Gilden.