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Street Photography Workshop 


June 5-19, 2020

Deadline to apply: May 26th

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



Join legendary Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden in this immersive online street photography workshop where he shares  his unique style of street photography which has truly become his own over the past 40 years of working in New York City and other urban areas, both in the US and abroad.


The program consists of a total of four sessions: three weekly group sessions of feedback and critique plus weekly individual shooting assignments. On the last day we will have one extra session dedicated to editing where Bruce will help edit your best images taken during the course in order to create a compelling essay. 


Bruce will work with the students to teach them how to improve their pictures shot in the streets by best identifying their working “style” for street photography, and define their personal vision. He will also 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.

Another goal of this workshop will be to increase your visual and narrative capacities as we investigate life in this time of social distancing and isolation. Each week is spent photographing a theme, a person, or maybe even an area, if available, depending on each student’s interests and local restrictions or circumstances during these times. 

Dates:  JUNE 5-19, 2020

              Session 1: Friday 5th 10am-1pm EST

              Session 2: Friday 12th 10am-1pm EST

              Session 3 and 4: Friday 19th: 10am-1pm  EST - Lunch Break - 2pm-4pm EST

Location: ONLINE ( via Zoom)

Tuition Fee:  $ 950

Number of Students: 10

Deadline to apply: May 26

How to Apply: The workshop is open to passionate photographers of all levels. You will need to submit an application with some information about your current state in photography and a few images of what you have been working on, 5-15 of your best photos, ones that are indicative of your style (they do not necessarily have to be street photographs). After Bruce reviews the applications , students will be notified if they are accepted into the program.

​​​​A $100 refundable fee is required to submit the application form in order to be considered to attend this workshop.

Bruce will review your application and we will notify you if you are selected. If you are selected the $100 review fee will be applied towards the full tuition which will be required immediately upon acceptance.

If your application is not selected then the $100 fee will be fully reimbursed.

Fill out the registration form below to apply. A confirmation will be sent once fee is received. 

Full balance payment  is due upon acceptance.


Cancellation policy (applies only after  being accepted and paying the full balance):       
                            -If cancelled 7 days before  :   No refund , unless we can fill your spot with another student from a                                            waiting list, then we will  refund the amount paid minus a $50 cancellation fee.)     

                           -No refunds will be made after the workshop starts.

 Email Juan Reyes:

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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