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Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden (1948, USA) gets right in your face. Working in colour (as opposed to his classically known black and white work), Gilden produced a series of extreme close-up portraits, collecting characteristic faces from the USA, England and Colombia. With the frame filled from ear to ear, it’s possible to see every freckle, wrinkle and scar, every shade of colour in the subjects’ eyes.

Focusing on faces that defy the ordinary, whether old or young, male or female, Gilden’s 52 portraits are stunning in their diversity and features, encouraging a confrontation of the increasingly homogenised definitions of beauty and humanity. Each image is minimally captioned with only the sitter’s first name and location, leaving each face to stand in isolation of its body and context.


To learn more about Bruce Gilden and his faces, read our interview with him.


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