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A Beautiful Catastrophe presents more than 20 years of images taken by lifelong New Yorker Bruce Gilden on the city’s streets. Working in a close-range, confrontational style, Gilden’s approach brings New York into startling focus, revealing a strange but familiar dreamscape that echoes Le Corbusier’s famous description of the city as "a beautiful catastrophe."

NEW YORK — 1984. © Bruce Gilden / Magnum Photos

NEW YORK — 1995. © Bruce Gilden / Magnum Photos

NEW YORK — A woman walks on Fifth Avenue, 1992. © Bruce Gilden / Magnum Photos

NEW YORK — 1984. © Bruce Gilden / Magnum Photos

NEW YORK — Midtown, 1988. © Bruce Gilden / Magnum Photos

NEW YORK — 1984. © Bruce Gilden / Magnum Photos

NEW YORK — 1986. © Bruce Gilden / Magnum Photos

NEW YORK — 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue, 1989. © Bruce Gilden / Magnum Photos

NEW YORK — The Feast of San Gennaro, Little Italy, 1989. © Bruce Gilden / Magnum Photos

NEW YORK — 2001. © Bruce Gilden / Magnum Photos

NEW YORK — 1993. © Bruce Gilden / Magnum Photos

NEW YORK — 1986. © Bruce Gilden / Magnum Photos

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