Back when Anne Boleyn was still in knee socks, Bruce Weber worked out his visual style: muscular all-American boys, usually in denim but mostly quite naked, in settings that speak of old-school Americananana: the Adirondaks, say. Maybe wrapped in a tattered American flag with a good old retainer of a golden Labrador by his side and some baseball trophies in the background. Maybe a hot dog.
And a trumpet! Or a guitar! And perfect teeth. How about a boat! Maybe on one of the lakes in the… Adirondaks! With a dog! And a trumpet! Or a guitar. While eating a hot dog. Wrapped in a flag.
All very lovely and aesthetic but surely they’ve invented a machine to take those photographs by now!
This, by the way, is a photo of Anthony Gallo taken for Abercrombie & Fitch in 1927. Sorry, recently.