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Magnum’s Bruce Gilden Delivers a Brutally Honest Critique of Art Photography


Author’s note: The following video does contain some explicit language and one instance of nudity at 3 minutes. Proceed with caution, especially if you’re at work.

Bruce Gilden — a Brooklyn-born photographer who has won numerous awards and is now part of the Guggenheim Fellowship thanks to his street photography work — recently sat down with VICE to do a little art critique. Although ‘critique’ might be a nice way of putting it.

Gilden’s no-nonsense personality makes for a blunt and honest review of art photographs the likes of which you probably won’t see anywhere else. Fortunately, it’s also extremely educational… and a bit funny.

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It’s worth noting again, as we did at the top, that the eleven minute critique is rough at times. But these are the thoughts of a man with decades worth of accolades under his belt, so if he wants to be a bit crass who are we to gainsay him?

If you aren’t weak-hearted, need a laugh, and want to learn something along the way, press play at the top.

(via aPhotoEditor)