Famed street photographer and Magnum Photos Documentarian Bruce Gilden has stepped away from his personal work on the streets and has recently released a new project with the organization documenting the days of the US Presidential election in a temporary bureau in Miami, FL. Gilden was interviewed about it on the Leica camera blog, where he talks about how he used the S2 and Leica Monochrom to do the project. One of the most striking images is the one up above–which the Leica online team admits violates every rule in portraiture yet remains quite powerful. Gilden’s answer was, “When I saw the young man, I loved his hair and his leather jacket. But when I took his portrait, his look wasn’t strong enough for me so I asked him could you put your hands over your face.”
As a former Magnum intern, this sounds all too familiar: the company created a temporary blog a couple of years ago documenting the first 30 days after President Obama was elected a while back. Unfortunately, that blog is now defunct; but I really wish that Magnum in Motion had kept it alive.
You can see the video for the project after the jump. Do note that a good quarter of the video is about the cameras; but there is still a bit of Gilden’s mentality and personality to take away from it. Also be sure to check out the work we’ve done with the S2.
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