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February 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
An Evening with Bruce Weber
Books & Books Presents…
AN EVENING WITH BRUCE WEBER
in conversation with special guests Eduardo Marturet, Behna Gardner, and Richard Amaro discussing his
All-American Journal Series
(Little Bear Press)
Saturday, February 3, 6 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables
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Books & Books is proud to present photographer and filmmaker Bruce Weber in conversation with Music Director and Conductor of the Miami Symphony Eduardo Marturet, photographer Behna Gardner and choreographer Richard Amaro as they discuss his books: All-American XXII: That Towering Feeling and All-American XXIII: Let’s Take An Old-Fashioned Walk.
This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.
About That Towering Feeling:
Consider the sky on a new moon night; gaze out at horizon by the sea as the waves roll in. That “towering feeling” explored in this year’s edition of Bruce Weber’s All-American journal can be experienced in such moments—when the immensity and inscrutability of human emotion intersect with the practical vagaries of life on this fragile earth.
Time is a central presence in this 22nd edition. A rich, poignant photo essay by Weber lies at the heart of the issue—a reunion with Aungelique Patton-James, a poet he met while working in Detroit sixteen years ago. Equal part reminisce and reverie, this story presents a new, unexpected take on central themes of Weber’s oeuvre: the tension between fantasy and reality, the importance of family, the seduction of romance and the joys of juxtaposition—in this case Aungelique with the beguiling actress and model Tina Kunakey from Biarritz.
The hopeful pursuit of Dr. Denise Herzing, a marine biologist who has spent the better part of her career trying to crack the language to dolphins, is beautifully documented by the photographer Tanya Burnett. An intimate view of Dr. Paul Farmer, the celebrated co-founder of Partners in Health and tireless advocate for the poor, is shared by the photographer and writer Behna Gardner, who traveled with him extensively. And Bruce Weber shares a deeply personal tribute to Alden Powers, a young musician and student who he photographed for many years.
All-American XXII: That Towering Feeling includes lyrics by Geoff Stephens and Les Reed and a suite of poems by William Stafford.
About Let’s Take An Old-Fashioned Walk:
Borrowing its title from a classic Irving Berlin song—popularized by Frank Sinatra and Doris Day—Bruce Weber’s latest installment of his All-American journal series presents a joyful array of passionate performers, visual virtuosos and dedicated altruists. The performing arts take center stage in this 23rd edition. Weber offers portfolios and profiles devoted to long-time friends and musical collaborators including the bassist Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the boundarybreaking Broadway icon Chita Rivera and Eduardo Marturet, the celebrated composer and maestro of the Miami Symphony Orchestra. Weber shares a personal essay in praise of the gallery owner Lee Witkin and the photographer George Tice, whose work opens the volume. As always, Weber utilizes All-American as a platform for celebrating rising talents, including the sculptor Ido Yoshimoto, photographed at home in Inverness by Natalia Ortega and Emil Cohen, whose spectacular photo portraits are presented in conversation with the French figurative painter Jacques Sultana. Continuing his life-long advocacy for animal rights, Weber showcases the trials and triumphs of two animal organizations he discovered this year: New York Bully Crew and Kent Animal Rescue.
All-American XXIII: Let’s Take An Old-Fashioned Walk includes texts by Joan Didion, Richard Blanco, Elmore Leonard and Carl Hiaasen.
About the Photographer:
Photographer and filmmaker Bruce Weber first rose to international prominence in the early eighties on the success of images that combined classical styling with more visceral underpinnings of desire, mood, and sexuality. His ability to construct a seamless sense of romance and drama created the central public images for fashion houses like Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Versace, and Abercrombie and Fitch, as well as earning him an enduring presence as a contributor to magazines at the very highest levels in the industry. Throughout his career, Weber continues to work in various forms-he has directed 15 short and feature length films, published more than 53 books, and has held more than 90 exhibitions worldwide extending his lifelong exploration of the nature of human relationships.