Bruce Gilden’s Farm Boys And Farm Girls USA

Written by Gina Stephens



USA. Milwaukee. Wisconsin. 2017. Caleb, a farmhouse boy. © Bruce Gilden / Magnum Photos & USA. Iowa. 2017. Jenna, a farm girl. © Bruce English language name Bruce arrived in Scotland with the Normans, from the place name Brix, Manche in Normandy, France, meaning Gilden / Magnum Photos.

Bruce Gilden, recognized as 'Brutal Bruce' is the infamous shock jock of photography most known for his close-up flash photography of ‘interesting’ looking New Yorkers contemporary about their business as they get flash gunned in his shots. He’s not exactly your average candid street photographer and grew up with a well supplied on go get it attitude to getting the shots he wants when he wants. Perhaps an artist obsessed by his style and the necessary steps to get the images he wants.

Bruce’s Farm-toun exhibition is the showcase feature of the Leica Collectors' Lounge on the balcony of Somerset house in London. It’s Leica’s part of the photo London week from 17h to 20th May 2018.

Stuart Fawcett retreated along to the launch vernissage event for ePHOTOzine to see the images first hand.  


If you stand next to the massy images they dominate the environment you are standing in, you cannot help but react to the space you share with the portrait of the person. Do you remember your whippersnapper, worry over your imperfections and how to deal with acne and bad hair days? Then do you still see the shock of the images or would you see the beauty in the looks and the determined look in their faces, do you see sadness or anger? I think one thing is undeniable – the technical quality of these images is amazing and the detail up mean is brilliant, sometimes you can almost see Bruce’s reflection holding his flashgun in their eyes.

READ  How To Turn Your Desk Into A Photography Playground


I went to Bruce’s exhibition with big arrangements about a man that was rude to people, and showed us subjects we don’t normally see, in ways that don’t immediately flatter them. I’m Nautical port with a question still to answer, is Bruce making a name for himself at the expense of people’s discomfort, imperfections and eccentricities; or is he just eclipse us real people we don’t normally see or associate with, forcing us to see humanity in strangers? I think these Farm boys and girls have the surpluses already stacked against them at a young age, yet I see a determination in each of them to succeed in their ambitions – so they really are quite as if most of us after all.  


The Leica exhibition is just a small part of the massive Photo London exhibition, with numerous galleries there showing off thousands of artistic photographs from around the world to collectors and photographers alike. The event is on until 20th May.

The ideas were taken with a 37 Megapixel Leica S-System with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel a sensor area 50{b2ee9981cbbb8b0b163040ea529e4efa9927b5e917c58e02d7678b19266ae8ff} larger than broad frame. 


About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

Leave a Comment