Fashion photographer Bruce Weber boasts a longstanding career that has produced some of the most groundbreaking and controversial campaigns within the fashion industry. Having risen to prominence through an editorial shoot for the SoHo Weekly News with water polo player Jeff Aquilon, Weber went on to produce a series of Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren campaigns with male athletes such as Tom Hintnaus and Andy Minsker, spearheading the muscled, sporty ideal for male models within the industry.
In January 2018 Weber, along with photographer Mario Testino , was accused of sexual exploitation in an investigation by The New York Times. Fifteen current and former male models accused the photographer of a pattern of coercive sexual behaviour. Representatives of the photographer objected to the allegations and Weber denied them in a statement.
The prolific photographer collaborated on numerous campaigns for the likes of Versace, Carolina Herrera , Moncler, and Abercrombie & Fitch. He has also collaborated on editorials and cover shoots for several major fashion publications, most recently for CR Fashion Book and Vanity Fair. Having initially trained in theatre studies in Ohio, Weber moved to New York in the early ‘60s, pursuing film direction at New York University and working briefly as a model. In the mid-'60s, following encouragement from American photographer Diane Arbus, Weber joined The New School for Social Research training under famed photographer Lisette Model.
In 1974, Weber held his first solo showcase at the Razor Gallery in New York, landing editorials in Glamour and GQ, before debuting in Vogue in 1978. By 1982 the photographer was credited by The New York Times as one of the pre-eminent fashion photographers of the time, in line with greats such as Helmut Newton and Irving Penn.
Weber has also produced a number of films and creative shorts including the Oscar-nominated Let's Get Lost, released in 1988. Alongside several exhibitions held in museums such as the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Parco Exposure Gallery in Tokyo, several of Weber’s photographs have also been held in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert museum and the Museum of Modern Art in Paris.
Weber has published over thirty books including the "All American" series and several other monographs.