Bruce Weber

United States 1946

Photography, Figurative Art

Bruce Weber
Bruce Weber
United States
March 3, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Bruce Weber, born in rural Greensburg, Pennsylvania in 1946, became the preeminent photographer of the fashion industry in the 1980s and continues to be one of the world’s most popular and influential photographers. Working for Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld Gianni Versace, Ralph Lauren, and more recently, Abercrombie & Fitch, Weber pioneered a nostalgic, aspirational style that redefined the industry. He is widely considered to have introduced a new level of artistry to commercial photography.

Weber initially pursued theater at Denison University in Ohio, then turned to filmmaking at New York University. Thanks to Diane Arbus, he was introduced and studied with Lisette Model at The New School for Social Research in the 1960s. 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 City a year later.

In the late 1970s, Weber began photographing ads and commercials for Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. His photographs have since appeared in Vanity Fair, American Vogue, Interview, Italian Vogue, French Vogue, and GQ, among many others.

He has also earned acclaim for his filmmaking, including Broken Noses, 1987, a documentary about boxer and Olympic hopeful Andy Minsker, Let’s Get Lost, 1989, a documentary on jazz trumpeter Chet Baker, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary, and Chop Suey Club, 2001, a feature on wrestler Peter Johnson that is equally about the filmmaker’s own career and inspirations. Among numerous TV commercials and music videos, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art presented a retrospective of his short films and documentaries in 1998. His documentary, A Letter to True, an anti-war film, opened at the Berlin Film Festival and showed as an official selection at the Tribeca, Toronto, and Edinburgh film festivals in 2004.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2014Detroit — Bruce WeberDetroit Institute of Artssolo
2014Think Cool: Summer Pictures for Hot DaysHolden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach, FLgroup
2012Timeless beauty: 100 years of fashion photography from Man Ray to Mario Testinothe Cultural Forum for Photography, Berlin, Germanygroup
2011Traummanner: 50 Starfotografen Zeigen Ihre Vision Vom IdealDeichtorhallen, Hambyrg, Germanysolo
2010Haiti/Little HaitiMuseum of Contemporary Art, Miami, Flsolo
2010Vanity Fair 100 Years - Masters of PhotographyIvorypress Art + Books, Madrid, Spainsolo
2010Bruce Weber-John DugdaleHolden Luntz Gallery, Palm Beach, FLsolo
2008The Human LandscapeEast-West Gallery, Santa Barbara, CAsolo
2008Traumfraum - Beauty in the 21st CenturyDeichtorhallen, Hambyrg, Germanysolo
2008Lisette Model and Her SuccessorsAperture Foundation, New York Citysolo
2007Brasil: desFocusCentro Cultural do Bance do Brasil, Rio De Janeirosolo
2006Our Town Today - Contemporary Visions by East End PhotographersGuild Hall, East Hampton, NYsolo
2006New York, New York: Fifty Years of ArtGirmaldi Forum, Monacosolo
2005FilmographyOriginal True Gallery, Tokyo, Japansolo
2004Fashion-Pasion: 100 Anos De Moda Na OcaOscar Niemeyer Pavilion, Sao Paulo, Brazilsolo
2004Neglected, Forgotten, Denied, but not Broken: The Struggle of Haitians to Find a Safe HomeRussell Senate Office Building, Washington, DCsolo
2004Heel to HealThe Gallery at Windsor, Vero Beach, FLsolo
2003My Own Story in VogueConde Nast Building, Milan, Italysolo
2003Bruce Weber - FilmographyGalleria Carla Sozzani, Milan, Italysolo
2000ShuflyRobert Miller Gallery, New York Citysolo
2000Bruce Weber & Larry ClarkCorvi-Mora Gallery, London, Englaandsolo
2000Bruce Weber - PolaroidGalerie Xavier Hufkens, Paris, Francesolo
1999Branded Youth and Other StoriesBaldwin Gallery, Aspen, COsolo
1998Branded Youth and Other StoriesWalker Art Gallery, Liverpool, Englandsolo
1997Chop SueyZelda Cheatle Gallery, London, Englandsolo
1997Branded Youth and Other StoriesNational Portrait Gallery, London, Englandsolo
1997Secret LoveBiennale di Firenze, Florence, Italysolo
1996Gentle GiantsParco Gallery, Tokyo, Japansolo
1994Never Never LandGalleria Photology, Milan, Italysolo
1994Gentle GiantsRobert Miller Gallery, New York Citysolo
1994The Montana Photo GangDanforth Gallery, Livingston, MTsolo
1994Short StoriesFahey-Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CAsolo
1993Mastering An ImageGrand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MIsolo
1993Short StoriesDanziger Gallery, New York Citysolo
1993The Image of the BodyFrankfurter Kunst Verein, Frankfurt, Germanysolo
1993High Heeled ArtNorth Miami Center of Contemporary Art, Miami, FLsolo
1992The Silhouette Selection: Recent Celebrity Photography 1979-1992Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, NYsolo
1992Bruce WeberArt Space, Osaka, Japansolo
1992Bruce WeberParco Gallery, Tokyo, Japansolo
1992Bruce WeberParade Gallery, Sapporo, Japansolo
1991Bruce WeberFay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GAsolo
1991Bruce WeberParco Exposure Gallery, Tokyo, Japansolo
1991Bruce WeberFahey-Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CAsolo
1989Photography NowVictoria and Albert Museum, London, Englandsolo
1989Images of IllusionForum Gallery, St.Louis, MOsolo
1989Images of IllusionForum Gallery, St.Louis, MOsolo
1989Figures StudiesKarsten Shubert Limited, London, Englandsolo
1989Imges of DesireGoldie Paley Gallery, Philadelphia, PAsolo
1989Bruce WeberFrankfurter Kinstrereins Verein, Frankfurt, Germanysolo
1989Recent portraitsTatistcheff Gallery, Santa Monica, CAsolo
1988Figures StudiesRobert Miller Gallery, New York Citysolo
1988Bruce WeberArthur Rogers Gallery, New Orleans, LAsolo
1988Return of the heroMuseum of Modern Art, Paris, Francesolo
1988Bruce WeberMusee de l Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerlandsolo
1987O Rio de JaneiroParco Galleries, Tokyo, japansolo
1987Biennial ExhibitionWhitney Museum of American Art, New York Citysolo
1987O Rio de JaneiroP.P.S. Galerie, New York Citysolo
1987Bruce WeberPalazzo Fortuny, Venice, Italysolo
1987Contemporary American Figurative PhotographyCenter for Fine Arts, Miami, FLsolo
1986O Rio de JaneiroFay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GAsolo
1986New WorkKunsthaller Basel, Switzerlandsolo
1985Shots of StyleVictoria and Albert Museum, London, Englandsolo
1985Das AktfotoMuseum for Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Dortmund, Germanysolo
1985BeautyPalladium, New York Citysolo
1985StyleVision Gallery, New York Citysolo
1984AthletsOlympus Centre, London, Englandsolo
1984AthletsRobert Miller Gallery, New York Citysolo
1984AthletsFraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CAsolo
1984AthletsGalerie Texabraun, Paris, Francesolo
1984Interview Magazine Modern MastersDelathunty Gallery, Dallas, TXsolo
1984Modern MastersHokin-Kaufman Gallery, Chicago, ILsolo
1982Men in FashionStaley-Wise Gallery, New York Citysolo
1982PortraitsGrey Art Gallery, New York Citysolo
1981NudesStaley-Wise Gallery, New York Citysolo
1974Body BuildersRazor Gallery, New York Citysolo