Blood Sweat and Tears.
or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Fashion.
Photographs by Bruce Weber. Edited by Herausgegeben von Bruce Weber, Nan Bush, Sherri Wasserman and Dimitri Levas.
teNeues, New York, 2005. 448 pp., 107 color illustrations, 216 b&w illustrations, and 21 toned photographs, 10½x14¼".
This mammoth and lavishly
produced monograph focuses
on the equally mammoth
and illustrious career of
Bruce Weber, paying tribute
to his journey through and
contribution to fashion photography
with images from
his advertising and magazine
shoots. Known critically for
his liberation of the male nude, Weber’s mastery at portraying
the male body as an object of spectacle and great
beauty is apparent throughout. For those of us who have
enjoyed seeing the gigantic Abercrombie & Fitch ads on 5th Avenue of men in their jeans with carefully arranged
bulges and hands around the zipper, this book will be a
particular pleasure. Weber’s eye for the way that clothing,
especially underwear, is animated by the body and his
genius for well-placed shadows, makes for some of the
most tantalizing photographs of men ever created.
Beyond the male figures, the book also features equally
elegant shots of model beauties around the world, as well
as Weber’s whimsical animal fashion portraits. In
Weber’s world, fashion is not simply shaped by clothes,
but by the body and spirit that inhabit them. His choice of
models, settings and activities showcases the all-
American aesthetic he has almost single-handedly created,
with all of the easy glamour and classic-Greek-sculpture-
cum-college-fraternity-casualness we recognize
from Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren ads. DENISE WOLFF
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