Jeff Bridges: Pictures Volume 2 by Bridges, Jeff

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ISBN 9781576879368 – POWERHOUSE BOOKS – RANDOM HOUSE US Hardback 192 pp – Oct 2019

One of Hollywood’s most successful actors and a seven-time Academy Award nominee, Jeff Bridges garnered his first Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his performance in Crazy Heart–as Bad Blake, a down-on-his-luck, alcoholic country music singer. Since earning his initial Oscar nomination in 1971 for The Last Picture Show, he has been honored with seven nominations, most recently for Hell or High Water (2016). In a career spanning nearly 50 years, he has appeared in more than 65 films, among them Seabiscuit, The Big Lebowski, True Grit, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Starman and most recently Bad Times at the El Royale. Through his company, ASIS Productions, he has also produced films and television movies, including the documentary Living in The Future’s Pasts well as The Giver, American Heart, The Only Living Boy in New York, and Hidden in America.

Photography and music are two of his passions. Jeff’s photographs have been featured in Premiere and Aperture, as well as in gallery exhibitions in New York (at the George Eastman House), Los Angeles, London, Italy, and the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego. In 2013, Jeff received an Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography. In February 2015 Jeff released a spoken word/ambient album titled Sleeping Tapes. The collaboration was co-produced with musician Keefus Ciancia who also supplied the music. The album was released by web hosting service Squarespace as part of its Super Bowl advertising campaign, with all proceeds from the album sales going to charity.

In 2014 Jeff released the album Jeff Bridges & The Abiders Live. He released his self-titled major label debut album for Blue Note Records in 2011, with Grammy Award-winner T-Bone Burnett as producer. That critically acclaimed album was a follow-up to his first solo effort, Be Here Soon.

He is currently the national spokesman for the Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign that is fighting to end childhood hunger in America. Proceeds from this book will go to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, a charitable organization offering assistance and care to people in Southern California in the movie and television industries with limited or no resources.

Jeff and his wife Susan divide their time between their home in Santa Barbara, California, and their ranch in Montana.

Kerry Brougher is the first director of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. He was previously Chief Curator, Deputy Director, and Interim Director of the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.; Director of the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford; and Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Brougher has organized retrospective exhibitions of artists such as Jeff Wall, Ed Ruscha, Gustav Metzger, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Yves Klein. He organized numerous thematic exhibitions using the moving image, including Hall of Mirrors- Art and Film Since 1945; Notorious- Alfred Hitchcock and Contemporary Art; Visual Music; The Cinema Effect- Illusion, Reality, and the Moving Image; and SONG 1, artist Doug Aitken’s 360-degree projection onto the fa ade of the Hirshhorn. He is curator emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution.

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Academy Award winning actor, Jeff Bridges is widely adored and a jewel of American cinema with dozens of leading credits to his name. For more than 30 years, on numerous film sets, Bridges, with his specialized panoramic camera, a Widelux F8, has captured behind-the-scenes views of the creative world of moviemaking. Now after 16 years since his first collection of photography comes Volume 2.

Taking pictures of co-workers on the job results in compelling photographs especially when those people include the likes of Meryl Streep, Robert Duvall, Julianne Moore, Robert Downey Jr. and Matt Damon among others. Unique photos from his earlier work were first shared in Pictures- Jeff Bridges (powerHouse Books, 2003). Now, drawing on his most recent film work, Pictures Volume 2 expands on Bridges’ intimate vision of Hollywood behind-the-scenes. Included within are rare looks at the famed actors, top directors, talented costumers and makeup artists, skilled and creative set and art decoration and the entire passionate crew involved in such memorable movies as True Grit, Crazy Heart, The Giver, TRON- Legacy, and Hell or High Water. Together, these pictures provide glimpses of the art, craft, and sleight of hand behind the magic of motion pictures. Pictures Volume 2 also celebrates Bridges’ mastery of the special effects made possible with the distinctive Widelux panoramic camera.

With Jeff Bridges’ hand-written commentary and captions throughout, Pictures Volume 2 is an exciting addition to what artist Richard Misrach called the “formally intelligent and emotionally incisive” photographs of his first book.

Jeff Bridges’ proceeds from Pictures Volume 2 will be donated to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, a nonprofit organization that offers charitable care and support to film-industry workers.