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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: teNeues (December 20, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3832791965
  • ISBN-13: 978-3832791964
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bruce Weber was born in rural Greensburg, Pennsylvania in 1946 and became the preeminent photographer of the fashion industry in the 1980s and continues to be one of the world's most popular and influential photographers. Working for Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld Gianni Versace, Ralph Lauren - and more recently, Abercrombie & Fitch - Weber pioneered a nostalgic, aspirational style that redefined the industry. He is widely considered to have introduced a new level of artistry to commercial photography.

Weber initially pursued theater at Denison University in Ohio, then turned to filmmaking at New York University. Thanks to Diane Arbus, he was introduced and studied with Lisette Model at The New School for Social Research in the 1960s. He participated in his first group show at The Floating Foundation of Photography in 1973 and had his first solo exhibition at Razor Gallery in New York City a year later.

In the late 1970s, Weber began photographing ads and commercials for Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. His photographs have since appeared in Vanity Fair, American Vogue, Interview, Italian Vogue, French Vogue, and GQ, among others.

He has also earned acclaim for his filmmaking, including BROKEN NOSES (1987), a documentary about boxer and Olympic hopeful Andy Minsker; LET'S GET LOST (1989), a documentary on jazz trumpeter Chet Baker, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Feature Documentary; and CHOP SUEY CLUB (2001), a feature on wrestler Peter Johnson that is equally about the filmmaker's own career and inspirations. Among numerous TV commercials and music videos, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art presented a retrospective of his short films and documentaries in 1998. His most recent documentary, A LETTER TO TRUE, an anti-war film, opened at the Berlin Film Festival and showed as an official selection at the Tribeca, Toronto, and Edinburgh film festivals in 2004.

More than 15 books of Weber's work have been published. His photographs are in the permanent collections of London's 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 l'Elysee 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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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Harry Jordan on January 11, 2010
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I tried to find the book here in Manhattan and no one had it in stock so I went ahead and ordered it from Amazon. I always preview a photography book before making a purchase, however, since it was Bruce, I figured I couldn't go wrong.

I went wrong.

The book is a 10-page editorial spread spread over 192 pages. It's filled with variations on the same stock Weber images we've seen for the last 30 years - shockingly, the only thing that's missing from the book is the ubiquitous golden retriever.

There's only one killer image in the book and then Bruce goes and dilutes its impact by running the B Version of the shot on the very next page - stunning.

The book has Bruce's tired (at this point in his career) musings and is scattered with unrelated photos that add nothing to the larger presentation. I guess Bruce thinks it looks cool but it's simply pretentious.

It's sad that, at this point in Bruce's amazing career, he can spend three years shooting this guy and come up with such a lame and derivative group of photos that tell me basically nothing about the guy.

Roberto is attractive yet somehow his sex appeal is completely bloodless. Yes, there are some nude shots but even those are perfunctory and about as sexy as Alice Ghostly on "Bewitched". In addition, surprisingly there isn't a single frontal nude shot in the entire book. All the frontal shots (if you can really call them that) have his leg or some object strategically placed to obscure the weinage. Europeans are always lecturing Americans about how uptight we are about nudity yet this Italian dancer appears to be as uptight as someone from Cleveland.

Bruce obviously has great talent but I suspect he's surrounded by people who tell him he's fabulous and no one has the guts (or the taste) to tell him: "Hey Bruce, the pictures suck." If there had been, he'd still be working on this book and teNeues wouldn't have foolishly chosen to publish it.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By G. Gurler on January 21, 2010
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Firstly, the reaction one will have to this book completely depends on what that person is expecting. If you're expecting pages of gay Bruce Weber like pictures of Roberto nude and posing in suggestive manners, than this book isnt for you. Nor you if you are expecting a book with pages of texts written by Roberto himself, than this book is also not for you. If you are someone who appreciates Roberto's sculpture like body and just loves to gaze on his beauty than the book is not dissappointing. There are some gorgeous portraits of Roberto that I have'nt seen previously. Most of the photos are a sheer delight to view, absolutely stunning in a artsy sense.

Yes,the book may lack in sex appeal. However to me personaly sex appeal is not essential to be asbolutely stunning and beautiful man, and that Roberto Bolle is. Some pictures are set in Naples, a few of Roberto as a child on stage, a few man to man photos on the beach. Others with women which are more dance oriented. I was actually afraid when after I read a number of reviews where people had expressed their dissapointment that made me regretfull of my purchase. Upon recieving the book I was relieved as I did enjoy the book from front to back and was worth my money. I'm not very familiar with Bruce Weber's work so keep that in mind when judging my appreciation of the book. If you're a major fan of Roberto Bolle'a god like body, purchase the book. If you're a fan of Bruce Weber's work than this book might be dissapointing.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Anthony cruz on December 26, 2009
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I ordered this book in July 2009 & just received it 12-27-09..of course I PAID IN FULL, IN JULY!!...I can wait..no problem..I am very familiar with Bruce Weber's work... I adore Roberto and have seen him dance several times and joined ABT because of HIM because I was never a ballet fan but now I am.. IF there had been alot more shots of him dancing ,MAYBE???? I'd like the book better.. ....some of the pictures are just sheer beautiful of Roberto...but if this book is about Roberto ..I DO NOT NEED AN ENTIRE INTRO on someone else, pictures of someone else..not at all needed..if you want to express your art Bruce , DO IT WITH YOU OWN CHECKBOOK, not mine!.IF I had seen this book before buying it for this amount of money, I would NEVER have bought it..I really thought this book was totally about Roberto..NOT SO!!..so if you're EVEN THINKING of purchasing this book, I suggest you look at a copy FIRST!..Take a good look at that cover shot...well that is about it...and the shots of him where he has a beard are sexy...but I just think it could have been done 50% better!

Tony(nyc)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 6, 2010
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ROBERTO BOLLE: AN ATHLETE IN TIGHTS is a three year collaboration between photographer Bruce Weber and ballet start Roberto Bolle. For this reader this is more a compilation of the extents that body can express movement than it is about ballet. Weber selected Bolle as a model and has managed to capture many moments of both static stature and motion pacing that show the definition of the body's muscles that come into play with different demands placed on them. Ballet is a beautiful art form, but it is more. It is a brutally punishing imposition on the body: observe the deformities in joints and read of the serious muscle tears that can occur on the best of stars such as Baryshnikov and Nureyev. Bolle seems to have a better grasp of what the body can and cannot do. His movements captured here are never less than artistic, but never push the envelope to destructive measures. At least that is what Bruce Weber has captured in these very large-scale photographs. The photographs are beautifully reproduced in a manner sensitive to the movement of the artist. I t simply works - as a book and as a study of movement.

To appreciate this collaboration between Bolle and Weber, return to the title: An Athlete in Tights. A fine book for those who appreciate the athleticism of the art of ballet. Grady Harp, December 10
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