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Dates: Friday 30/11 – Monday 3/12
Number of participants: 12
Application deadline: Friday 23/11/12

Hellenic Centre for Photography presents an international 4-day workshop with the Magnum noted street photographer Bruce Gilden. The workshop will be held on November 30 to December 3, 2012, for a limited number of participants, in the framework of the Athens Photo Festival 2012.


Gilden s curiosity for strong characters and individual peculiarities has been present from the beginning of his career. His first major project, which he worked on until 1986, is focused on Coney Island, the legendary New York beach. Then, in 1984, he began to work in Haiti, where he returned nineteen times. The book Haiti concluded this work in 1996. In 2010, Gilden went back to Haiti, and has now returned three more times to work on a second work dedicated to the Haitians everyday life struggles.

Since 1981, Bruce Gilden had been working on his project about the streets of New York City. It culminated in the publication of Facing New York in 1992, and later in 2005, in A Beautiful Catastrophe. His next project After the Off, explored rural Ireland and its passion for horseracing. Gilden also carried out personal projects in India and Russia.

Published in 2000, Gilden s book, Go, is the result of Gilden s immersion in Japanese culture. In 2008, Bruce Gilden felt the need of photographing his own country and drew a social portrait of America in this time of great recession. In the fall of 2011, Gilden will have completed in Nevada the fourth segment of his extended personal project on foreclosures, No Place like Home. Gilden s work has been exhibited widely in major galleries and museums, and his prints are in the collections of Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Musée de l Elysée, in Lausanne. This summer, Gilden has traveled to Australia to photograph Mick Gatto and his friends for his on going project on special characters. Gilden will also carry out a commission from Archive of Modern Conflict in London that he started in 2010. Bruce Gilden joined Magnum in 1998. He lives in New York.


Bruce Gilden brings to the workshop his unique style of street photography which has truly become his own over the past 25 years of working in New York City and other urban areas, both in the US and abroad. He will work with the students to teach them how to improve their pictures shot in the streets by best identifying their working style for street photography, and aiding them in gaining street smart sensibilities necessary to working in any environment- that ability to be in the middle of the scenario, but be unobtrusive.

GILDEN will review students portfolios, followed by reviewing their recently-completed assignment and film shot during workshop. GILDEN will spend one session with the students working in the street. This will include technical discussions and demonstrations of working with electronic flash in combination with available light.

GiLDEN will also give presentation on his 25 year body of street work in CD form.

1st ASSIGNMENT: Shoot the equivalent of 1 roll of film in a familiar area, somewhere you are comfortable working in, AND the equivalent of 1 roll of film in different, or new situation.

1st day: 16:00-21:00
2nd day: 10:00-20:00
3rd day: 10:00-20:00
4th day: 16:00-21:00

– Digital camera with enough memory cards, Laptop (optional), Portfolio, either in digital form or in prints
– In addition to the assignment to be shot in advance of the workshop, bring your best photos, ones that are indicative of your style (they do NOT have to be street photographs) to the first session.

440 € (90 € advance payment upon registration, 350 € by 26 November). Participants registering before 16 November 2012 will receive a 5% discount. All those participating in the membership program of HCP receive an additional 5% discount. Tuition covers the cost of the workshop, 24 hour help from the APhF:12 team, an assistant/translator with local knowledge, snack-coffee. Participants will be provided with a printed copy of the festival catalog.

Athens Photo Festival partner hotels set aside a limited number of rooms at special prices for participants from other cities; a list of suitable accommodation options will be provided to candidates.

For registration, please fill in the online form available at the or contact the Hellenic Centre for Photography by e-mail at or phone at +30 210 9211 750 (Monday to Friday 10:00-16:00, EET / Standard GMT+2).