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Bruce Weber is a well-known gay photographer and occasional filmmaker. He first came to the attention of the general public by shooting late 1980s and early 1990s ad images for omnisexual fashion company Calvin Klein. His straightforward black and white shots, featuring an unclothed heterosexual couple on a swing - facing each other, two clothed guys in bed, and model Marcus Schenkenberg barely holding jeans in front of himself in a shower while an accompanying unrelated shot of concert fans presented a lurid dicotomy, catapulted him into the national spotlight.
After doing photo shoots for and of famous individuals (all of which sometimes found themselves in Andy Warhol's Interview magazine), Bruce entered into the realm of filmmaking, making shorts of teenage boxers, his beloved pet dogs and later, a longer film entitled Chop Suey Club. The film, an appropiately-titled documentary, was a mix of subjects which encompassed many items on his radar. Filmed in black and white, his gentle voiceover introduced us to an eclectic mix of jazz singers, explorers and a model he was currently shooting, a young man (married and a teacher today) named Peter.
His photographs are occasionally in color however mostly in black and white or toned shades. They are gathered in limited edition print books, including but not limited to A House is Not a Home and Bear Pond, an early work which featured, among other models, Eric Nies from the MTV's The Real World series (as well as Eric's brother).
Bruce Weber (though not the first - the ancient Greeks, George Platt Lynes and many others) brought the image of chiseled male beauty more so into the public spotlight. He currently is working, along with another art director, for the catalog aspect of Abercrombie & Fitch's clothing company. Both the "old" and newer versions of their quarterly are primarily his work. This venue provides a less-expensive way for fans to view some of his prints.
Weber is credited for launching the modeling career of Isabella Rossellini.
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