This photographer has become best-known for his classically spare homoerotic images, as well as for portraits and high-profile advertising campaigns. Since the late 1980s, he has also been delving int...
Greensburg, Pennsylvania, USA
|A Letter to True||2005||Actor||Himself||20057|
|Intimate Portrait: Elizabeth Taylor||Actor||Interviewee||7|
|Models Uncovered||1998 1997 - 1998||Actor||Interviewee||19987|
|The '80s: The Decade That Made Us||2012 2011 - 2012||Actor||n/a||20127|
|Let's Get Lost||1989||Director||n/a||4|
|A Letter to True||2005||Director||n/a||4|
|Let's Get Lost||1989||Producer||n/a||3|
|A Letter to True||2005||Screenplay||n/a||1|
|My Own Private Idaho||1991||Photography||special photography||1|
|Began photographing advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein|
|Helmed the Chet Baker documentary "Let's Get Lost"|
|Had first group show as photographer in NYC|
|Moved to New York|
|Made the quasi-documentary "Chop Suey"|
|Had first Los Angeles show|
|First solo photography show (NYC)|
|Directed first film, boxing documentary "Broken Noses"|
|Photographed numerous commercial campaigns in the 1990s, including those for Calvin Klein underwear|
|Received first German and London shows|
|Directed the short film "Backyard Movie"|
Weber's photos--mostly portraits and nudes of male models and friends--were also seen in magazines, with his canvas enlarging from ROCK'N'FOLK to THE SOHO WEEKLY NEWS to GQ. In the late 70s, Weber began photographing ads for Calvin Klein and his nearly-naked, sometimes odd-looking, eroticized male and female models shocked, titillated and sometimes disgusted the public. He has also photographed numerous campaigns for Ralph Lauren, featuring less bizarre, more covered models. Weber's editorial portrait work has also been seen regularly in such high-gloss magazines as VANITY FAIR, VOGUE, INTERVIEW and others. His work has been seen in shows worldwide, and Weber has compiled more than half a dozen books.
Weber turned to film with the boxing documentary "Broken Noses" (1987), which concentrated on Portland-area boxer and trainer Andy Minsker. His next, a documentary on jazz trumpeter Chet Baker, "Let's Get Lost" (1989), garnered much acclaim at film festivals and earned positive critical reviews. This dark, intense examination of Baker's "cool, west coast jazz," his life and struggle with drugs was a far cry from the air-brushed underwear models for which Weber had become best-known. In 1992, Weber released a nine-minute short, "Backyard Movie," which consisted of old home movies supplemented by the director's own childhood fantasies. Three years later came the experimental short "Gentle Giants", a tribute to the Newfoundland breed of dog.
|New School for Social Research|
|The Hun School, Princeton University|
|Art and Film School, New York University|
|"Let's Get Lost" subject Chet Baker died in a mysterious fall from a window in 1988, before the film was released.|
|"When you photograph someone you're kind of tied to them for life, and Diane [Arbus] felt that connection intensely--her involvement with the people she photographed was very heroic. I remember seeing her right before she died and she seemed completely drained from being connected with her work in that way." --Bruce Weber, quoted in Los Angeles Times, May 26, 1991.|
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