Spanish Vogue

Special BW Issue, 2011

In 2011, editor Yolanda Sacristan invited Bruce Weber to curate the December issue of Spanish Vogue. The resulting 150 page feature well opens with a massive fashion spread shot in Montauk, featuring Magdalena Fracowiak, China Michado, Marloes Horst, cover star Dree Hemingway and a host of others. Stringed instruments play a prominent role–Bruce photographed students at the musical summer camp of Itzhak and Toby Perlman, as well virtuosos for whom years of practice have brought fame: Hahn-Bin, Yo-Yo Ma, and Charlie Siem. Bruce’s portraits of the American painter Jane Wilson are paired with a selection of her paintings and a beautiful letter written by her daughter. Bruce’s story shot at Costume World, a museum for outfits from the American musical stage, presents the theatrical side of fashion, while his “promise” portfolio shows Hollywood starlets reveling in the first blush of fame. The volume closes with notes of conscience–Bruce’s photo session and interview with the environmentalist Jane Goodall, and a portfolio of images from his Little Haiti project paired with an essay by Sean Penn, who reminds all of us not to forget the enduring plight of the island nation.