"When Bruce first arrived in Haiti in 1984, he said to himself, "Where have I been this whole time?" The attraction was that immediate, and since that first trip, Bruce has been down to the Caribbean nation twenty two times. The simply-titled Haiti is the physical embodiment of Bruce's long time professional and personal connection to a country whose unique soul and spirit he has captured in all its rawness and vibrancy.
In his book Haiti, Bruce Gilden opens our eyes to this fascinating and ultimately tragic country. Though only an hour’s flight from Miami and mainland America, Haiti remains the least-developed country in the Western Hemisphere and one of the poorest in the world. Gilden’s electrifying images reflect the unconscious violence that runs through this island society from slaughterhouse to street. Also captured is the importance of Voodoo to Haitian culture. Part paganism, part Catholicism, it’s a disconcerting mix of rage and ecstasy that flows through the book."