After recently moving house, legendary street photographer Bruce Gilden discovered hundreds of contact prints and negatives in his personal archives, from shots taken in New York, his native city, between 1978 and 1984.
From these thousands of images, most of which are new even to Gilden, he has selected around a hundred, all to be revealed in a new book – Bruce Gilden: Lost and Found.
Satisfying a desire to revisit the work of his youth, this historic archive constitutes an inestimable treasure. His candid, up-close images show an extraordinary New York, one that looks almost unrecognisable today.
With all the energy of a young man in his thirties, and with no flash, Gilden launched an assault on New York in a visibly tense atmosphere. His extraordinary gallery of portraits, the compositions –mostly horizontal – simmer with energy, bursting with the most diverse characters, as though Gilden intended to include within the frame everything that caught his eye.
Bruce Gilden: Lost and Found, published by Éditions Xavier Barral, shows us the early work that made Gilden famous: sustained movement and tension, unrivalled spirit, and an instinctive and irreverent affection for his subjects, perfectly in cahoots with his city.