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4-DAY MASTER WORKSHOP WITH BRUCE GILDEN
AUGUST 11-14, 2020
The history of photography is best illustrated by the work of a few dozen key practitioners, whose artistic footprint left something deeply original, often polemical at first, redefine what has come to be viewed as established practice for the next generations. Standing tall among these illustrious figures is American photographer Bruce Gilden, whose uncompromising exploration of street photography for over 40 years brought the genre firmly into the modern realm of artistic photography. Indeed few photographers to this day exert such a powerful influence over the medium and its beating heart, the streets. We’re incredibly excited to collaborate with Bruce this summer and bring him for the first time to Vancouver and Bowen Island to teach a small group of 15 emerging and mid-career photographers the ins and outs of his acclaimed practice, taking their street portraiture skills to new artistic heights!
It’s impossible to fully translate in words or books the raw life experiences that went into the making of Bruce’s extraordinary photographs, making this a truly rare opportunity to learn directly from him, and immediately transform your practice camera in hand shooting an assignment he’ll design specifically for each of the lucky participants.
With Bruce’s guidance over the course of four intensive days, each of them will get closer to becoming the best street photographer they can be, getting a more coherent and clear-eyed hold of what’s unique in their style and vision… in brief learning to ‘be themselves’ as photographers.
© Cover image: (left) Bruce Gilden/Magnum Photos, USA. Kensington, Philadelphia. August, 2019. Nicole. (middle) USA. Iowa. 2017. Nathen, a farm boy. (right) USA. Columbus, Ohio. 2014. Bonnie in the Bottoms neighborhood.
ABOUT BRUCE GILDEN
Acclaimed street photographer with a unique style, Bruce Gilden was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1946. He first went to Penn State University but he found his sociology courses too boring for his temperament and he quit college. Gilden briefly toyed with the idea of being an actor but in 1967, he decided to buy a camera and to become a photographer. Besides taking a few evening classes at the School of Visual Arts, Gilden is predominantly self-taught .
Right from childhood, he has always been fascinated by the life on the streets and the complicated and fascinating motion it involves, and this was the spark that inspired his first long-term personal projects, photographing in Coney Island and then during the Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
Since then, Bruce Gilden has continued to focus on strong characters and to apply Robert Capa’s mantra to his own work: “if the picture isn’t good enough, you aren’t close enough”.
Over the years he has produced long and detailed photographic projects in New York, Haiti, France , Ireland, India, Russia, Japan, England and now in America. Gilden has published 21 monographs of his work. In 2019, a new edition of his first book “Facing New York ”came out and last November the book “Lost & Found” on his early New York work was published by Editions Xavier Barral in Paris.
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, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography and the Getty Museum. In 2016, his most recent work in color was exhibited in a group show, “Strange and Familiar, Britain as revealed by international photographers” at the Barbican Art Museum in London , and most recently in 2019 in the exhibition “This Land” at Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco. Already the recipient of numerous grants and awards, Bruce Gilden became a Guggenheim Fellow in 2013. He joined Magnum Photos in 1998.
BRUCE GILDEN brings to his master class 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. He 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.
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.
In addition to his master class, Bruce Gilden will also give a lecture-presentation on his 40-year body of street work in CD form.
I want to help you MAKE photographs, not TAKE photographs!
Shoot either 50 digital images or 2 rolls of film in an area or a situation where you are “comfortable” working in, AND 50 digital images (or 2 rolls of film) somewhere else where you are “not comfortable” working in.
Please present no more than 5 images.
FIRST DAY OF CLASS
In addition to the pre-class assignment, bring your best photos, ones that are indicative of your style (they do NOT have to be “street” photographs). Please do not bring more than 20 photos.
After I review their portfolios, each student will be given a personal assignment related to their strengths or weaknesses.
I review the work and then everybody goes out to shoot on their own.
LAST DAY OF CLASS
From the recently-completed assignments, each participant will have produced an essay that I will help in putting together.
8:30 AM to about 1:30 PM approx.
We discuss students’ photographs and then they go out to shoot.
Last day: We are together the whole day.
LOCATION: BOWEN ISLAND (METRO VANCOUVER)
Nestled in spectacular Howe Sound, North America’s southernmost fjord surrounded by towering peaks that rise straight out of the sea, Bowen Island is Vancouver’s paradisiac getaway since the 1900s. Dubbed ‘Happy Isle’ in the 1950s, this enchanted island is known to Vancouverites for its exceptional serenity, centennial natural park and laid-back country living all easily accessible a mere 15-minute ferry ride from mainland.
Today Bowen Island attracts visitors from all around the globe for its lakes, beaches, crown forest lands and beautiful hiking trails up to Mount Gardner (2350 feet) offering stunning panoramic views of Howe Sound. For all its nature, visitors also enjoy ‘Snug Cove’ (aka Downtown Bowen), Bowen’s main hub and historical marina featuring an array of attractions from historic turn-of-the-century buildings and quaint boardwalk boutiques, to many galleries, fine groceries and most of modern life’s amenities, and ‘Artisan Square‘ (aka Uptown Bowen), home to the island’s artistic community and FotoFilmic’s workshop centre.
APPLICATION FORM (FREE)
4-DAY WORKSHOP TUITION
Note: 1 LAST SPACE AVAILABLE. Waitlist also open. Applications are reviewed daily on a first come, first served basis.
Applications are ongoing and free of charge. Space limited to 15 participants max. Bruce’s workshop is open to both film and digital photographers.
WORKSHOP DEPOSIT & PAYMENT
If offered a seat a $400 registration deposit payment will be required upon being contacted to confirm participation.
103-555 Prometheus Lane
Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G2
TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS
Flights and accommodations are not included. A detailed workshop information packet including transportation directions to Bowen & on island lodging options is provided upon registration.
Complimentary coffee, tea and small snacks will be provided every morning.
CANCELATIONS & WITHDRAWALS
In the context of the Coronavirus, withdrawal/cancelation notices can be submitted up to 4 weeks before the workshop on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at the latest to receive a refund. Please note that with the exception of Coronavirus related withdrawals, all deposits/full registrations remain otherwise subject to a $250 USD cancelation fee*.
Cancelation requests received after July 14, 2020 will not be honored but fully transferable tuition credit will be granted toward any other future workshop, seminar or retreat for a full year (until August 31, 2021).
* In the event the workshop was not meeting minimum enrolment or needed to be canceled for any reason (including Coronavirus developments), deposits will be refunded in full (no cancelation fee retained). Please also note FotoFilmic cannot be held responsible for any traveling expense refunds if the workshop gets canceled. Purchasing travel insurance is therefore recommended.
For any questions or inquiries, please contact FotoFilmic Co-Director Bastien Desfriches Doria directly at firstname.lastname@example.org