Bruce Weber

Bruce Weber was born in March 1946 in rural Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He attended Denison University in Ohio where he pursued theater before turning to film making in New York University. In the 1960s he was introduced through Diane Arbus to Lisette Model who he studied with at the New School for Social Research.

He participated in his first group show at the Floating Foundation of Photography in 1973 and had his first solo exhibition at Razor Gallery in New York in New York City a year later.

In the late 1970s Weber started working on advertising and commercial photography for Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. Since, his work has appeared in many publications including Vogue, GQ, Vanity Fair, Elle, Life, Interview, and Rolling Stone Magazine and he was commissioned to work for Pirelli, Abercrombie & Fitch, Revlon and Gianni Versace.

In 1978 his agent and companion Nan Bush helped him secure a contract with Federated Department Stores to shoot its Bloomingdales mail catalog.

In the mid 1980s, Weber began collaborating with crooner Chris Isaak. In 1986, he photographed him for his second Album “Chris Isaak”, and again two years later for a fashion spread in Rolling Stone magazine.

His advertising work for Calvin Klein in the late 1980s and early 1990s helped him reach national recognition. One of his iconic photographs was taken for this campaign featuring Olympic Athlete Tom Hintnaus in white briefs.

He photographed Harry Connick Jr. for his album “Blue Light, Red Light” in 1991 and singer Jackson Browne for his album “I’m Alive” two years later.

Many of his shoots featured in Andy Warhol’s magazine Interview.

Soon after, he started working as a film maker, making short films of teenage boxers – “Broken Noses”, his pet dogs, and later a longer film entitled “Chop Suey”. He directed “Let’s Get Lost” a documentary feature film about jazz trumpeter Chet Baker.

Weber’s photographs are occasionally in color, however most are in black and white or toned shades.  They are gathered in limited edition print books, including “A Horse is Not a Home” and “Bear Pond ».

Weber created the fashion label Weberbilt in 2003; his first line, “eat, swim, sex, sleep”, went on sale in boutiques in London and Miami Beach, Florida in 2004.

His photographs are kept in the permanent collection of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and at the Museum of Modern Art in Paris.

In the 1990s Weber directed music videos for the Pet Shop Boys singles “Being Boring”, “Se a Vida é” and in 2002 for the song “I Get Along”.

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Written by Marine Lazarus

Marine Lazarus, an Anglo-French photographer who moved to UK 3 years ago to study journalism at Brunel University in London. Marine is responsible for our Photographers Biographies section.

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