In 2013, Multistory invited American photographer Bruce Gilden to continue his 'Face' series in the Black Country, where he worked in colour for the first time in over fifty years. Bruce’s idea was to focus his lens on what he calls “the left behind”; the “invisible people” who are often on the periphery, under presented and marginalised.
Working in the tradition of ‘street photography’, Bruce was accompanied by his own assistant, and a researcher / ‘fixer’ from Multistory, to meet people and to take close-up portraits on the streets of West Bromwich, Dudley and Wolverhampton from 2013 to 2014.
Bruce’s Black Country Faces will be exhibited at a special venue later in 2016. In the mean time, a selection of his work can be viewed at the Barbican’s Strange and Familiar exhibition until 19 June, 2016.
Magnum photographer Bruce Gilden is a street photographer who has travelled and exhibited widely around the world. He has received numerous awards, including the European Award for Photography, three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and a Japan Foundation fellowship. He lives in New York.
This film was commissioned and produced by Multistory.
Editor / Editor Producer - Darren Flaxstone
Camera and Sound - Andrew Yarme