Last year photographer Bruce Weber, 67, made "news" for releasing a series of Abercrombie videos featuring this man to man kiss. Although Weber is married to Nan Bush, for four decades his primary subject has been the eroticizing of men's bodies and male camaraderie. (One of his many books is a collaboration with Reynolds Price, Bear Pond, capturing naked young men at play in the Adirondacks. A similar collection of romps features text by William S Burroughs.) Weber's ubiquitous softcore campaigns for Abercrombie and Calvin Klein underwear have, for better or worse, reshaped gay culture, then youth culture, then American culture. This has been true at least since 1982 when he got Brazilian pole vaulter Tom Hintnaus to wear only white briefs and recline against a white rock. That iconic ad and billboard was named one of "ten photos that changed America," by the industry bible American Photographer. Weber's work is in the permanent collections of major museums and he's an accomplished film director. Beyond his many music videoes, he earned an Oscar nomination for his second documentary, Let's Get Lost, about Chet Baker. His first was a boxing doc called Broken Noses, which premiered at Cannes.
He remains as popular as ever. This year he shot the entire Vanity Fair Hollywood portfolio. His recent books are his 448-page fashion study Blood Sweat and Tears and the shorter, self-explanatory Roberto Bolle: An Athlete in Tights.