Bruce Gilden - Hotdog

2 – 6 April 2018

Bruce Gilden Workshop

Submission Deadline
2 March 2018

Early Bird Deadline:
2 February 2017

“If you can smell the street by looking at the photo, it’s a street photograph” 
Bruce Gilden

Bruce Gilden is an experienced Magnum photographer from New York who claims his freedom and equal right to explore and occupy the streets and photograph others unabashed. His uncompromising, unapologetic and confrontational approach is a strategy that reflects the gritty reality of the urban landscape and its inhabitants who are often lost in the rush and consequently lost in thought. Gilden regards his photographs as encounters with friends he does not know but with whom he momentarily crosses paths. His photographs therefore are documents of fleeting moments, symbolic of the fast pace of modern life.

Berlin Foto Kiez presents a five-day workshop conducted by Bruce Gilden in the vibrant city of Berlin. Gilden is a renowned, award winning photographer and his reputation as a teacher is exactly as one would expect, which is to push participants hard to achieve maximum results. Participants will discover their ability to work outside of their comfort zone and encouraged to engage fearlessly into the energy and flux of the streets while improving their technique to produce convincing photographs.

Bruce Gilden
Bruce Gilden was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1946. Inspired, after having watched Michelangelo Antonioi’s film Blow Up in 1968, Gilden turned his passion and attention to the rich variety of people on the streets and the visual spontaneity of photography. Spanning four decades his numerous projects from New York, Japan, Haiti, England, France and Ireland have been published as photobooks. Until recently Gilden photographed entirely in black and white though his new work, shot in colour, are direct, close-up portraits, detecting and recording traces of individual histories in the complex landscape of the face with a shocking psychological intensity. Gilden has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1998.

Identify the visual language of each participant, and to define individual photographic strategies. Emphasising the importance of meaning via technique.

Encourage participants to engage with their subject and push personal limits.

The discipline of daily critiques and group discussions focusing on theoretical, aesthetic and practical issues.

Editing, sequencing and more editing and sequencing.

To have achieved the satisfaction of having produced a coherent and honest body of work.

14 people maximum

Technical details:
although we welcome analogue photography, because of the quick turn over it is recommended to use digital

Pre workshop preparation:
Each participant must prepare a short presentation of their work and bring printed photographs (min 6 max 20) on the first day

1.300 Euro

Early Bird Price:
1.100 Euro


Please send by email:

  • One or two paragraphs about yourself and your reason for wanting to join
  • Some ID with photo
  • a short written presentation of your work
  • A selection of 10-20 images (JPG, 72DPI, 1024 large maximum)

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The price does not include production, travel, or accommodation for the meetings. A 50% deposit by bank transfer is required once you have been accepted to the Berlin Foto Kiez workshop, and the remaining 50% one week before the start of the workshop.