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June 25, 2012

A Bruce Weber Exhibit at the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society

By Ingrid Skjong | Art

couple by Bruce Weber
Photo by Bruce Weber

For a small town tucked away in Suffolk County, New York, Bellport has a big fan in preeminent fashion photographer Bruce Weber. And the Bellport-Brookhaven Historical Society—whose exhibit “A Bellport Tale: Photographs by Bruce Weber” remains on display through Labor Day—is happy to support him in return. (The society has hosted other shows, on the likes of Ingrid Bergman, whose daughter Isabella Rossellini is a Bellport resident.)

Weber, who began paying visits to the village in the late 1970s, became a resident in the early 1980s. Continuously drawn to the town’s scenery and historic architecture, he ultimately shot several of his most iconic images there during the formative years of his career.

mother daughter by Bruce Weber
Photo by Bruce Weber

“A Bellport Tale” presents 33 photographs from a 1982 fashion shoot commissioned by British Vogue called “Under Western Eyes.” (Grace Coddington, current creative director of American Vogue, styled it.) The shoot, inspired by Edward Weston—a pioneering photographer known as much for his rocky personal life and numerous affairs as for his work—included Bellport locals as well as models, giving it an authentic, slightly unpredictable feel.

women by Bruce Weber
Photo by Bruce Weber

“A big part of this story was finding all these people with different personalities and putting them in photographs together without knowing what was going to happen next,” says Weber. On view Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Labor Day; 12 Bell St.; 631-776-7640; bbhsmuseum.org.