Photobook-Bruce Weber-Blood Sweat and Tears


Photobook-Bruce Weber-Blood Sweat and Tears
or how I stopped worrying and learned to love fashion

Pages: 448
Size: 29.2 x 38.1 cm
Published: 2005
Publisher: teNeues Publishing (UK) Ltd
Stock number: RG1843/0124
Price: £145 + P&P

by Bruce Weber: At first I thought strictly about a book of photographs on fashion. As I worked on it, I thought more and more about something my friend the late, great fashion designer Gianni Versace once said, in giving me advice before an assignment, Call me des mode, but give me beauty. And with these inspired words I wanted to make a record of how I journeyed out into the world and recorded what most people call fashion. These photographs were not just about the shape of clothes, but also how one sees fashion in nature, architecture, and in the human spirit. When I began photographing, I was at Life Magazine borrowing some equipment. I ran into a bunch of other photographers in the camera department. One photographer asked, what kind of photos are you doing for the magazine? I replied, I am going to do some pictures of girls in bathing suits. They all burst out laughing at me, and said, that doesn t sound too serious. That s when I knew that as a photographer I didn t want people to stop laughing with me. That laughter can be found in a picture of a girl wearing a dress by Yohji Yamamoto that s so big she can t even walk in it or a boy wearing twigs as a tunic at Karl Lagerfeld s chateau in Brittany or the Duchess of Devonshire feeding her pet chickens in a Jean Patou couture evening dress from the 1940s. In this crazy world of ours, most things don t make sense any more, but the wonderful thing about taking pictures of people wearing or not wearing clothes is that maybe you won t solve all the world s problems but you ll at least be giving back a seed of imagination to our garden of lost innocence. And it s fashion that can create a big fantasy life for all those who enter.

Condition: Very good+ to fine condition. First edition. Original red cloth with black lettering on cover and spine, in original photo-illustrated dustjacket with white lettering on spine. Illustrated endpapers. Three b/w frontispieces. Title page printed in red and black. Introduction by Bruce Weber and additional text, letters and poems by Brook Astor, Truman Capote, Emily Dickinson, Ogden Nash, Edna O’Brian, Francoise Sagan, Elizabeth Taylor, Dylan Thomas and Tennessee Williams.


Bruce Weber, born in rural Greensburg, Pennsylvania in 1946, became the preeminent photographer of the fashion industry in the 1980s and continues to be one of the worlds most popular and influential photographers. Working for Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld Gianni Versace, Ralph Lauren and more recently, Abercrombie & Fitch Weber pioneered a nostalgic, boy-next-door style that redefined the industry. He is widely considered to have introduced a new level of artistry to commercial photography. More than 15 books of Webers work have been published. His photographs are in the permanent collections of Londons Victoria and Albert Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. Weber has exhibited at venues including the 1987 Whitney Biennial in New York City, Musee de lElysee in Lausanne, Switzerland, Palazzo Fortuny in Venice, the Florence Biennale, the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Parco Exposure Gallery in Tokyo, Fahey/Klein in Los Angeles, Galeria Corso Como in Milan, and the Russell Senate Building in Washington, DC.


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