Bruce Gilden is a North American photographer and member of the Magnum Photos agency. After moving house, Gilden discovered hundreds of undeveloped reels and negatives of work produced in New York, his native city, between 1978 and 1984. From among these thousands of previously unseen images, most of which he had never even seen himself, Gilden selected around one hundred pictures.
This historic archive, resurfacing forty years later, portrays a timeless New York and reveals a little-known chapter of the artist’s work: images taken without a flash and almost exclusively horizontally – the opposite of what he was to become famous for years later. The interview accompanying the photographs, conducted by Sophie Darmaillacq, explores the photographer’s development through his personal background but also his influences and relationship to others.
Lost & Found already reveals the elements characteristic of Bruce Gilden’s images: sustained movement and tension, as well as an instinctive and irreverent affection for his subjects – in perfect complicity with his city.
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.
Sophie Darmaillacq is a journalist, author and Bruce Gilden’s wife.