Nothing better captures both the exuberant sophistication and childlike wonderment of photographer Bruce Weber than his series of limited-edition art and literary journals, until now pretty much only privately published. Weber, the 66-year-old master of fashion, advertising (think, perhaps most famously, of Ralph Lauren and Abercrombie & Fitch) and celebrity images (my own favorite being a black-and-white portrait of the Duchess of Devonshire in a ball gown, feeding chickens at Chatsworth), has for 12 years quietly put out a magazine—or is it an oversized book?—of imagery and words, by himself and others, that are close to his heart. Sometimes political, often literary and always visually engaging, All-American, Volume XII: A Book of Lessons is being printed this month by teNeues as a way to expand his audience beyond art and specialty bookstores. On these pages, Weber has culled a few of his favorite images from earlier issues, as well as a never-beforepublished photo by John Derek. “I’ve been to so many places and knocked on so many strangers’ doors,” he says, “and the camera has always been my passport to everything.” All-American, Volume XII: A Book of Lessons will be available November 15 at teneues.com.
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