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Bruce Gilden: Cherry Blossom

Bruce Gilden


A collection of Bruce Gilden's acclaimed Japanese photographs


Bruce Gilden first set foot in Japan in 1994. On that trip and subsequent others, he explored the meandering streets of a country that had long fascinated him. From Tokyo to Osaka, he laid Japan bare in his own inimitable photographic style. Each image is a very close and powerful encounter with a story behind it. As ever, Gilden makes his approach, talks, tells stories, takes photographs, and paints a portrait of a unique street scene. In search of personalities as strong as his own, Gilden drew on the details around him to transcribe his vision of Japan: one man’s suit, another’s hat, or a woman’s posture. All of these elements, which give strength to the images, form a captivating ensemble – on the margins, just like him.

In Cherry Blossom, Gilden tells the story of these voyages and the ties he maintains with Japan in a rare introductory text. The stories told alongside these pictures – whether an anecdote or a dialogue with their characters – render the American photographer’s vision even more contemporary than ever.

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'Each image in the book is a complete story of a bigger picture of Japan'
Amateur Photographer

'A fascinating and unique portrait of the streets of Japan'

'Bruce Gilden is very much one of a kind … a wonderful retrospective'
Amateur Photographer 'Books of the Year 2021'

'Will disburden you of notions of Japan as a land of saccharine Hello Kitty tchotchkes and preternaturally serene Michael Kenna landscapes. There are no cherry blossoms here, just black-and-white closeups of the derelicts, gangsters, hookers and salarymen the Brooklyn-born Mr. Gilden, now 76, encountered during his visits to Japan from 1995 to 2000'
Wall Street Journal

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Hardback without Jacket

Size: 27.5 x 19.0 cm

Extent: 144 pp

Publication date: 30 September 2021

ISBN: 9780500545553

About the Author

Bruce Gilden joined Magnum Photos in 1998. His work has been exhibited widely around the world and is part of many permanent collections such as MoMA, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.