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Street Photography Workshop

DATE: OCTOBER 9-13, 2023

New York City, USA


" I want to help you MAKE photographs, not TAKE photographs"




BRUCE GILDEN brings to this master class his experience of  40 years of working in New York City and other urban areas, both in the US and abroad. He will work with the students to teach them how to improve their images taken in the streets by best identifying their working “style” for street photography, and defining their personal vision. Bruce will help you find and develop your own style. In other words, you do not need to adopt Bruce's iconic style, instead, he will help you find your own personal style, whether is in color or B/W.

Gilden will share his own experience in the street to aid the students in gaining “street smart” sensibilities. These principles are necessary to work in any environment and to be in the middle of the scenario without being obtrusive.



Bring no more than 20 of your best photos, ones that are indicative of your style (they do NOT have to be “street” photographs). They can be digital images ( iPad/laptop) or printed images ( any size). After Bruce reviews the portfolios, each student will be given suggestions for personal assignment projects related to their strengths or weaknesses.


-Class with Bruce starts at 10 AM every day and should finish by 1 pm at the latest.

-Bruce personally reviews the work of each participant and gives feedback. After the in-person group feedback session, the students are expected to go out and start their assignments on the streets on their own. Times may vary depending on assignments and the flow of the class.  (Bruce and MSPF staff will assist in suggesting locations to shoot.) .

-On the last day each participant will have produced an essay, from the completed assignments, that Bruce will help in putting together. The last day session will last a little longer but no more than 2 PM.

Dates: October 9-13, 2023

Location: New York City, USA ( Midtown Manhattan area ) 

Tuition Fee:  $1,850

Number of Students: 10

Does not include airfare/lodging/meals. 



​​​​An $850 deposit is required to register and hold a spot if registering before August 15. After August 15th the full balance payment is due to secure your spot . Please select the payment amount in the form below and fill out the registration form to sign up. A confirmation will be sent once payment is received.



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  • If canceled more than 75 days in advance: Full refund

  • if canceled 75 and 45 days prior to the start date of your workshop, we will refund all payments made, less a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the deposit.

  • Withdrawal less than 45 prior to the start date of the workshop will result in no refund

Born in 1946, Bruce Gilden and his photography are inextricably linked. Hours as a child looking at tough guys on the bustling streets of Brooklyn from his second-story window shaped Gilden’s attraction to his photographic subjects, which he fondly refers to as “characters”.

After studying sociology at Penn State University, Gilden felt drawn to photography as a lifestyle after seeing Michelangelo Antonioni’s classic 1966 film Blow Up and he decided that he, too, would become a photographer.

Between trips abroad, Bruce Gilden always went back to his lifetime project, the streets of New York City, where he started photographing in 1981. Gilden’s powerful New York work has brought him worldwide fame: his confrontational, graphic style and his use of flash have rendered his black and white images immediately recognisable. His work on the streets of New York culminated in the publication of Facing New York in 1992, and later in 2005 in his retrospective book A Beautiful Catastrophe.

After years spent traveling around the world on commissions and personal projects in India where he photographed holy gatherings, gypsies in Portugal and Romania and “bad guys” in Russia and Australia, in 2008 Bruce Gilden went back to photograph in his own country. At the time of the American historical pre-election. Gilden captured the sorrow of Americans affected by foreclosures and the melancholy of abandoned homes. His work in Florida became the first segment of “No Place Like Home” a project that would lead him between 2009 and 2011 to Detroit, Michigan; Fresno, California and Reno-Las Vegas, Nevada. The book Foreclosures was published in 2013.

Upon returning from Europe where he had been photographing the streets in London, Gilden felt the need for a change: as he was participating in the Magnum collective project “Postcards From America” in Rochester, New York, Gilden experimented digital color photography and took the change even further, adopting a new style: close up portraits of people’s faces in color. This recent work has been published in the book Face.

In 2015, Gilden returned to candid photography in black and white to photograph in the streets of New York, Paris, Manchester, Hong Kong and Johannesburg on a commission for RATP the Parisian transportation system.

Bruce Gilden’s work has been exhibited widely around the world and is part of many permanent collections such as MOMA, New York, Victoria & Albert Museum, London and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.

Already the recipient of numerous grants and awards (among them three National Endowment for the Arts and a Japan Foundation Fellowship) in 2013, Bruce Gilden became the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Bruce Gilden joined Magnum Photos in 1998.

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