PROFILE
Name:
Bruce Weber
Birth Date:
March 29, 1946
Birth Place:
Greensburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Nationality:
American
BIOGRAPHY
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Let's Get Lost

Background:

Bruce Weber is an American fashion photographer and filmmaker. His photos, largely portraits and nudes of male models and friends, have been featured in major magazines and shown in more than  60 gallery shows and museums around the world. His work has also become permanent collections of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum as well as in the Photography Division of the City of Paris.  As a filmmaker, Weber is perhaps best known as the director of the acclaimed documentary “Let's Get Lost” (1988), from which he nabbed an Oscar nomination, in addition to a Venice Film Festival Award, an International Documentary Association Award and a Boston Society of Film Critics Award. His first directorial effort, “Broken Noses” (1987), earned him an International Documentary Association Award and Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize nomination. He has directed advertising campaigns for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Pirelli, Abercrombie & Fitch, Revlon, Volvo, and Gianni Versace.  

Currently, Weber resides in New York City, NY.


Greensburg's Son

Childhood and Family:

Bruce Weber was born on March 29, 1946, in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He was educated at The Hun School, Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey and moved to New York at age 20. There he attended New School for Social Research and New York University's Art and Film School.

Bruce is married to Nan Bush, his longtime companion and agent.


Bear Pond

Career:

In 1973, Bruce Weber got his first group show as photographer in New York City. He went on to have his first solo photography show in the following year. His fashion photography first appeared in “GQ” magazine in the late 1970s. Nan Bush helped him land a contract with Federated Department Stores to photograph the 1978 Bloomingdales mail catalog.

Weber, however, did not enjoy real big breakthrough until he began shooting ads for Calvin Klein in the late 1970s. His advertising images for the renowned fashion house put him to the attention of broad public between the late 1980s and early 1990s. Marcus Schenkenberg and Olympic athlete Tom Hintnaus were among his models during this period.

Weber landed his first Los Angeles show in 1983. Two years later, he earned his first German and London show.  

Apart from Calvin Klein, Weber has also photographed many campaigns for Ralph Lauren. His editorial portrait work has also been found regularly in high-gloss publications like “Vanity Fair,” “Vogue” and “Interview,” among others. Most of Weber's photographs are in black and white or toned  shades, though he occasionally does in color. They are collected in limited edition of books, including “A House is Not a Home” and “Bear Pond.”  An infamous book of nude photography by Weber and poetry by Reynolds Price, “Bear Pond” featured Buffalo Bills punter John Nies and his younger brother Eric Nies, who later enjoyed popularity as a cast member on MTV's “The Real World: New York,” as models, among others.

Weber initiated collaboration with rock musician Chris Isaak in the mid-1980s. He shot Isaak for his second studio album, “Chris Isaak,” in 1986. Two years later, he photographed a shirtless Isaak in bed for a fashion spread in “Rolling Stone.” He also directed a music video for Isaak called “Blue Spanish Sky” (1991).

Weber branched out into the world of directing in 1987 with “Broken Noses,” a boxing documentary focusing on Portland-area boxer and trainer Andy Minsker. The film brought him an International Documentary Association Award and a Grand Jury Prize nomination at the 1988 Sundance Film Festival. His sophomore effort, “Let's Get Lost” (1988), a documentary about the tumultuous life and career of jazz trumpeter Chet Baker, was well received by critics and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, which he shared with Nan Bush. The film also brought Weber a Boston Society of Film Critics for Best Documentary, an International Documentary Association (IDA) Award, a Cinecritica Award from  the Venice Film Festival and a Grand Jury Prize nomination for Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival.  

After directing Pet Shop Boys' music video “Being Boring” (1990), Weber  helmed a nine minute shorttitled “Backyard Movie” (1991), which comprised of old home movies supplemented by the director's own childhood fantasies. He directed another short called “Gentle Giants,” a tribute to the Newfoundland breed of dog, in 1995. Weber reunited with the British electronic dance music duo Pet Shop Boys for the group's music video “Se a vida é (That's the way life is)” in 1996 and then for “I Get Along” in 2002. Meanwhile, Weber photographed Harry Connick, Jr. for his 1991 album “Blue Light, Red Light” and singer-songwriter Jackson Browne for his 1993 album “I'm Alive.”  Alive.

Weber wrote and directed the documentary film “Chop Suey” (2001), which won Weber Teddy - Special Mention at the 2001Berlin International Film Festival. He went on to direct and write the documentary film “A Letter to True,” which premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 9, 2004. After showing in other festivals like the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival, the 2004 Toronto Film Festival, the 2004 Port Townsend Film Festival, the 2004 CPHDOX Festival, the 2004 Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival and the 2005 RiverRun International Film Festival, it was released in the UK on August 1, 2008. In 2009, Weber directed a documentary short, “Liberty City Is Like Paris to Me.”     


Awards:

Berlin International Film Festival: Teddy - Special Mention, “Chop Suey,” 2001
Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC): Best Documentary, “Let's Get Lost,” 1990
International Documentary Association (IDA): “Let's Get Lost,” 1989
Venice Film Festival: Cinecritica Award, “Let's Get Lost,” 1988
International Documentary Association (IDA): “Broken Noses,” 1988 Show Less
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Bruce Weber's shoot in this month's Vogue, entitled Meet Me In Montauk, introduces us to new model Jean Campbell - an ethereally beautiful Scottish teenager whose freckles and Brady Bunch hair perfect...
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