Bruce Weber

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Bruce Weber (born March 29, 1946 in Greensburg , Pennsylvania) is an American photographer and film director. He is known internationally for his advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein , the fashion company Abercrombie & Fitch and Ralph Lauren as well as for his work for the magazines GQ and Rolling Stone .

life and work

Weber was born as the son of a photographer in Greensburg. He probably studied first in Princeton , later he switched to Lisette Model at the New School for Social Research through the mediation of Diane Arbus .

He works mainly in the field of fashion photography ; his work first appeared in GQ magazine in the late 1970s. In the 1980s he became more and more internationally known as a photographer and gained international recognition in particular through his fashion campaigns for Calvin Klein. Well-known photos are black and white photos of an unclothed heterosexual couple looking at each other on a swing, two clothed men in bed and of the model Marcus Schenkenberg , who is holding his jeans naked in a shower. Weber worked for Ralph Lauren, Abercrombie & Fitch, Volvo , Karl Lagerfeld , Versace and Dior Homme , among others . The breakup of the genre is characteristic of his work as a fashion photographer. In Weber's photographs, the focus is on people, not so much on clothing. Accordingly, Weber is very careful about the choice of models. Many top models - especially males - owe their discovery to Bruce Weber. The somewhat nostalgic style of the “boy next door” was introduced into fashion photography through him. In 1998 and 2003 he designed the Pirelli calendar .

Weber also worked as a film director. He made the documentary Broken Noses (1987) with young boxers, the two-hour documentary Let's Get Lost (1988) about the jazz trumpeter Chet Baker , which was screened in the classic program of the Cannes Film Festival in 2008 , a short film about his house dogs and the black White film Chop Suey about his own observations of everyday life. His anti-war film A Letter to True was the opening film of the Berlinale 2004, which wrote the following in its press release:

“In his cinematic essay A Letter to True, US star photographer Bruce Weber creates a world full of longing and gratitude - a homage to a better life that his dogs remind him of. His dogs Lassie and Rintintin ... (storytellers Julie Christie and Marianne Faithfull ) take the audience with them on the journey - the letter to True, his favorite dog, is spoken by Bruce Weber. "

For the music group Pet Shop Boys he shot the videos for the singles Being boring (1990), Se a vida é (1996) and I get along (2002). In 2004 Weber made a flying visit to fashion design. He designed his own collection, but none followed. The items of casual men's wear under the Weberbilt label are still sold in only three stores worldwide, in London, Miami and Tokyo. Weber is married to Nan Bush, with whom he also works sometimes. His work is represented in the Victoria and Albert Museum , the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Center Pompidou .

Publications (selection)

Exhibitions (selection)

  • 1997 Branded Youth , National Portrait Gallery , London
  • 2003 Filmography , Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan
  • 2004 A letter to true , Colette, Paris
  • 2005 Whirligig , Fahey / Klein Gallery, Los Angeles


Web links

Commons : Bruce Weber  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Other sources speak of Denison University Ohio and New York University
  2. TimeOut: Broken Noses  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  3. Timeout: Chop Suey ( Memento of the original from September 6, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  4. Berlinale press release of January 22, 2004