In this seventeenth edition of his annual arts journal, Bruce Weber considers the wisdom of the experienced and the conviction of the young as a framework for hope in disorienting times. He profiles the veteran stage actor Cherry Jones and the long-time CBS news anchor Bob Schieffer, whose respective careers stand as testaments to personal ingenuity, common sense, and the power of adaptability. The uncommon life of the late philanthropist and entrepreneur Jay Weiss—a pillar of the Miami community—is narrated with humor and candor by two of his daughters, Jennie Weiss Block and Laurie Weiss Nuell. Patti Ragan, the founder of the Center for Great Apes, shares her devotion to primates abandoned by the entertainment industry. In addition to these profiles, Weber presents photo essays devoted to Sergeant James Jensen IV, a decorated Army veteran trying to navigate the return to civilian life, and Marge Winski, the soulful lighthouse keeper who stands watch over Montauk Point on the East End of Long Island, NY.
All-American XVII: Glory Be is also rich with original commissioned works. Noe Dewitt documents the final days of the Saint Anthony school in Jersey City, in a story that explores the unique relationship between its celebrated basketball coach, Bob Hurley, and one of his last star players, R.J. Cole. An all-star lineup of contemporary women photographers—Lynda Churilla, Stef Mitchell, Yelena Yemchuk and Olivia Bee—reflect on the experience of chronicling the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. earlier this year. And Joel Griffith presents a highly personal, contemplative study of the Rockaways—a quiet corner of Queens that mirrors the hopes and contradictions of New York City at large.
The journal closes with Bruce Weber’s personal dedication to Sam Shepard—the celebrated author, playwright and a frequent subject of his lens.
About the Author
Over the past 15 years, the photographer and filmmaker Bruce Weber has published the book series All-American, an independent portfolio of work by artists, photographers, essayists, poets, and personalities whose lives and accomplishments warrant celebration.