Bruce Weber

Alfred Knopf, 1989

Alfred Knopf

Bruce Weber's second eponymous monograph, published by Alfred A. Knopf, is a multidimensional exploration of masculinity. These photographs present a wide array of shifting archetypes and myths that inform our sense of the masculine–the tough guy, the wild man, the heroic athlete, the courageous soldier, the pensive artist, the family man, the stylish rake, the sensitive troubadour, the object of desire. This volume entices and plays with the gaze of any admirer, suggests the truths and lies men weave in constructing their identity. At the same time, this monograph hints at how the complicated stories told about men inform their sense of self. What makes a man? By way of a partial answer, Bruce Weber offers this book, his inscription to the volume expressing its seductive intent: "I once knew a handsome man who had something I'm told that all the girls loved. He would tell them that he was the one who really wrote that book by Paul Bowles, that he really recorded that record by Steve Winwood, that he really made that movie by Truffaut and that he really took all those photographs by Paul Strand. It was he who recently swam the English Channel and was related to Jim Morrison. He was along with Sir Edmund Hillary when he reached the top of Mount Everest, and he painted all those paintings by de Kooning."