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November 21, 2013

Bruce Weber Writes the Book

By Ingrid Skjong | Books, Films

Bruce Weber Writes the Book
Photograph of infant wearing bowler hat and sunglasses while standing on Monterey chair, c. 1940, Wolfosnia Collection by Bruce Weber

Fans of celebrated photographer Bruce Weber—renowned for his contributions to art, fashion, advertising and film—can enjoy a double helping of his work this month, thanks to the latest installment of his literary-and-art-journal series and a compilation of his documentaries.

All-American Volume Thirteen: Born Ready (teNeues.com, $125) lauds a variety of brave, risk-taking personalities via words and photos. Weber, who thinks it’s a dying art to be a character in the world today, profiles Father Gregory Boyle of Homeboy Industries, who runs the organization that the late movie producer Ray Stark started to help guide young men out of gang life in Los Angeles. Then there’s Micky Wolfson, an art collector who created his own museum, and Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer, who challenged the Defense of Marriage Act and won. There’s even a spin through the world of pro motocross racing.

Bruce Weber: The Film Collection ($60 for four DVDs) is no less impressive or thought-provoking, featuring four of the artist’s documentaries, including Let’s Get Lost (1988), an Oscar-nominated look at jazz trumpet player Chet Baker, and Chop Suey, a look back at Weber’s career. “My camera lets me flirt with life,” he once said. We’re lucky enough to see the results.

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