Photo buffs—or those who like leering at those in the buff—should be pleased to hear that famed photographer (and Montauk resident) Bruce Weber has just relaunched his website, bruceweber.com. Yep, the man who put the ab’ in Abercrombie & Fitch catalogs—not to mention pretty much inventing the cult of the American male bod’—is letting it all hang out. Online. So to speak.
Weber’s website now offers work from his extensive archive, including his photos and videos for ad campaigns, and fashion spreads, selected short films, music videos and his latest “Webersodes,” a series of short films produced for the web (the latest starring "True Grit's" Hailee Steinfeld) that can be downloaded via a video podcast channel on iTunes.
That’s good news whether you’re fans of the photog, his models (everyone from iconic ‘70s model Jeff Aquilon to Marcus Schenkenberg), or his luxury clients (Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Versace and more).
Got a biz of your own you’d like Weberized? Well ,he and Nan Bush, his long-time partner and agent, are also launching True’s Think Tank (named for one of his beloved dogs, who also get a lot of play on the site), a full-service creative consultancy, offering brand development, interior design and collection management.
Weber, for those too young to know, was this eager photog from Pennsylvania who in the 1970s had the audacity to shoot…guys. The unwritten rule in photography back then was that pix of pretty models—females, that is—were the key to success. Nobody cared about the dudes.
Till Weber started shooting guys like Aquilon, former head of Pepperdine University’s water polo team, for mags like GQ. Or Tom Hintnaus in those how-many-stories-high pair of Calvin Klein briefs on a billboard above Times Square. Suddenly, chiseled torsos were everywhere, and gym memberships went through the roof. (Thanks, Bruce. Thanks a lot.)
Keep your eye on his website, which will soon offer the chance to buy limited-edition posters and out-of-print books. Till then…you can just stroll down Memory Lane. Or Dune Road, and thereabouts. Many of his shoots take place on LI’s East End.