V Legends: Bruce Weber

V Legends: Bruce Weber

For the 100th issue, V paid homage to the editors, image-makers, and rule-breakers who have shaped the magazine with a special supplement called V Legends.’ Here, the iconic contributions of all-american hero Bruce Weber.

For the 100th issue, V paid homage to the editors, image-makers, and rule-breakers who have shaped the magazine with a special supplement called V Legends.’ Here, the iconic contributions of all-american hero Bruce Weber.

Photography: Bruce Weber

Text: Natasha Stagg

Bruce Weber, the ambassador of Americana, started contributing in V1, setting a precedent for art photographers to follow in his footsteps in the years to come. His splashy collages of muscle-bound models and handwritten notes can’t be confused for the work of any other (how can anyone who grew up during or before the early aughts forget his Abercrombie & Fitch catalogs and his beautiful 1988 Chet Baker documentary, Let’s Get Lost?).

Although he continues to supply V and our men’s magazine, VMAN, with photo-essays of carefree parties on his Golden Retriever-riddled beachfront Florida property, Weber’s work has gone in surprising directions since 1999. In 2008, he shot the iconic Beyoncé covers that welcomed President Obama with a (somewhat controversial) sticker that read, “Happy Holidays! Obama’s in the House.” While uncompromising in his vision of bright, smiling American dreams, Weber always infuses fashion fantasies with the real and the right now. And at V, we believe that nothing is sexier than that.

This is an excerpt from V Legends: a special supplement to V100. To read the full compendium, order your copy of V100 here

BEYONCE STYLED BY DEBORAH WATSON FOR V56.

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