Bruce Gilden is truly a New York photographer. His work shows a curiosity about the street that reflects his childhood in Brooklyn, and a particular capacity for capturing urban behaviors unique to the city. Unlike many of his peers, Gilden uses flash. This serves the dual purpose of alerting his subject to his presence and endowing his photographs with their unique and often theatrical appearance. In 1986, he completed an intimate project featuring the patrons of the Coney Island boardwalk that began a career of documenting truly human idiosyncrasies. His work after 1981 has continued to show a focus on New York, where he has been working and living since.