Bruce Weber: Standing Tall
Bruce Weber: Standing Tall Portraits of the Haitian Community in Miami
By Bonnie Clearwater
125 pgs/112 plates/2010/Hardcover
This book was published for the exhibition Bruce Weber: Haiti / Little Haiti at the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami. In 2003, The Miami Herald published a magazine supplement of Bruce Weber’s photographs of Miami’s Haitian community. The photographs were Weber’s response to an unjust U.S. immigration system in which Haitian men, women and children were detained indefinitely unlike refugees from other countries who were typically released to family or friends while awaiting asylum hearings. Compelled to tell the story of the struggle of Haitian immigrants, Weber immersed himself in the Haitian community, which he has continued to chronicle through the present, including victims of the earthquake in Haiti who received medical care in Miami.
Bruce Weber is renowned for revolutionizing fashion photography and the same formal elements that make his fashion and celebrity photographs so forceful contribute to the impact of his Haitian photographs. These images convey what he sees and admires in the Haitian children and adults he photographs, — their strength, pride, resilience.