“A lot of people think having a big fantasy life is dangerous. Maybe that’s why someone’s always trying to take it away from you. I think that’s why people become painters, musicians and even photographers.” – Bruce Weber
"Branded Youth And Other Stories was published in conjunction with Bruce’s exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in 1997. The title refers to a story of some wild-child teenagers he met in Montana, who in an act of teenage bonding had branded each other on the shoulder with the heated blade of an army bayonet. The reckless romance of this band-of-brothers fable sets the tone for the photographs of this volume–images that evoke youth, freedom, adventure…and the ties that bind."