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Bruce Gilden’s First Australian Exhibition Is On In Melbourne Right Now

By Ioana Dragnef - 26 Nov 2018


Melbourne's new Leica flagship is not just here to have you shopping for cameras—it’s also the 20th worldwide location to house a Leica Gallery—a space designed to display work by legendary Leica photographers.

That’s right: you can enjoy the work of award-winning photographers for free while sipping on local coffee.

Marking his first ever exhibition in Australia, and the first showcase of these specific works, Untitled is a collection consisting of 15 street photographs captured by Bruce Gilden in Melbourne in 2011, using his personal Leica M6.

An iconic street photographer with a unique style, Bruce Gilden was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1946. Gilden’s photographic style is defined by its dynamic and graphic aspects—he shoots passers-by up close and with a flash, which gives his work a very raw, no-nonsense, and intimate quality. 

"I'm known for taking pictures very close,” Gilden says of his work. “And the older I get, the closer I get."

And he's not kidding: closeness is the dominant feature of the series of Gilden’s black and white photographs currently housed at Melbourne’s Leica Gallery. Featuring well-known figures of Melbourne, each of Gilden’s frames completely capture the subject’s unique energy through facial expressions, textures, and (quite literally) in-your-face lighting. The photographs, like all of Bruce Gilden’s work, exude a sense of intimacy and familiarity—it’s almost as though you were actually standing beside Gilden when they were taken.

Whether or not you're a photography geek, Untitled is a great opportunity to dive into Gilden's universe if you're around St. Collins' Lane this month.

Untitled will remain on display in Melbourne until January 31, 2019, and will be followed by an exhibition by the Austrian photographer Manfred Baumann.

The Details

What: Bruce Gilden's Never-Before-Displayed Untitled Series
Where: Leica Store & Gallery Melbourne, Level 1, 260 Collins St
When: From November 23 2018 until January 31 2019 
For more info, head here.

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