An Encounter with Bruce Weber

Posted by The G on November 29, 2013 under Encounters with G | Comments are off for this article

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Bruce Weber and Geoffrey Dicker

Bruce Weber and Geoffrey Dicker

Bruce Weber is a fashion photographer, film maker and director of two of the best music videos of all time – “Being Boring” and “Se A Vida E (That’s The Way Life Is)” by Pet Shop Boys.  Bruce was in town for a retrospective of his work that included a screening of his film “Let’s Get Lost.”  If you have never seen it, it is a must.  The film is about jazz artist Chet Baker and Bruce Weber got to interview Baker throughout the last couple of years of his life.  The film mixes vintage footage and photos of Chet Baker with scenes of his tragic last days.  Chet Baker was as gorgeous as a pin up model and heroin and alcohol addiction took over his life and prior to his death, he looked like a ghost of his former self.  The film features Bruce Weber’s signature gorgeous black and white backgrounds and is visually stunning.  I met Bruce Weber at the screening and he was very nice.  I gushed about how much I love his Pet Shop Boys videos (amongst his other work) and was very nice to me.   Thanks Bruce!  It was truly an honor!  “Let’s Get Lost” is set to be released on DVD in December 2013, and you NEED to see it!

“Ward of the State” at Rivera and Rivera

Posted by The G on June 1, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy | Comments are off for this article

Photos by G.  Various Artists.

Christoph Schmidberger

Tony Ward by Christoph Schmidberger

Los Angeles!  One of the most gorgeous men to have ever walked among us, Tony Ward, is being immortalized in an exhibit entitled “Ward of the State” at Rivera and Rivera in West Hollywood.  18 artists (including Greg Gorman, Steven Klein, Patrick Hoelck, Patrick Martinez, Herb Ritts, Estevan Oriol, RETNA, Tony Ward, Paul Rusconi, Bruce Weber, Robert Standish, Michael Gregg Michaud, Jules Muck, Rick Castro, Christoph Schmidberger, Ray Turner and Maya Mercer) have paid tribute to the man and the muse who Paris Vogue called “male icon of the century.”  Fashionistas will recognize Tony Ward from his appearances in ads for Chanel, Dolce and Gabbana and Calvin Klein.  He has also been prominently featured in Madonna’s racy “Justify My Love” video as well as her “Sex” book.

Pure Hustle by Patrick Martinez

Pure Hustle by Patrick Martinez

The exhibit is great as you’ll see tributes to the man in paintings, photography and video.  You’ll see sides of Tony Ward that you’ve never seen before and you’ll also see sides of him that you’ll want to stare at over and over again.



“Ward of the State” is showing at Rivera and Rivera (located at 454 North Robertson Blvd.) in West Hollywood through June 20, 2011. 

See a bonus image of Tony Ward in his birthday suit after the jump.

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