Bruce Weber is a classic of fashion photography
Bruce Weber is an American fashion photographer and filmmaker. He is best known for shooting ad campaigns for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Abercrombie & Fitch. Shoots for Vogue, GQ, Elle and Rolling Stone.
Bruce Weber was born March 29, 1946 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
Bruce Weber began his career not as a photographer, but as a fashion model. According to him, he wanted to see the profession of a photographer from the inside, to see how people he admired work.
In the late 1970s, he did his first fashion shoot, which landed on the cover of one of the GQ issues. In 1978, a major American department store chain signed a contract with Weber and began shooting for the Bloomingdales mail catalog.
Around the same time, Weber entered the photography courses of Lisette Model, a master of reportage photography. This period leaves a big imprint on Weber's corporate style: despite the fact that he never took social photography, his work is not static.
Weber's models dance, sing, jump, ski and snowboard, and do yoga.
In 1983, the first big success comes to the photographer. He shoots an advertising campaign for Calvin Klein men's underwear. According to some American critics, these shots remain the best lingerie advertisement in the world to this day.
In 1998 and 2003, Weber took photographs for the Pirelli calendar.
Bruce prefers black and white photography; color shots are not so common in his work. Photographer - author's books dedicated to fashion photography. Weber often shoots celebrities, including Madonna and Justin Timberlake. Many of his works have been published in Andy Warhol's Interview.
Bruce Weber made six films: Broken Noses (1987) about teenage boxers, Let's Get Lost (1988) about jazz musician Chat Baker, the short film Backyard Movie (1991) and Gentle Giants (1995), a documentary a tape about jazz and travel "Chinese stew" (2001) and "Letter to the truth" (2004).
Let's Get Lost was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary, and China Stew won a Special Teddy Award at the 2001 Berlin Film Festival.
In the 1990s, Bruce Weber actively collaborated with the Pet Shop Boys. He made three videos for them: "Being Boring", "Se a vida é (That's the way life is)" and "I Get Along". The music video for "Being Boring" was banned from American MTV for being too explicit. Weber also directed the "Blue Spanish Sky" video for Chris Isaac.