Today we will talk about a controversial photographer, Bruce LaBruce also is a writer and filmmaker. Coming from Canada, this punk pornographer, caused controversy wherever he passed his exhibitions and performances.
His first works were published on the pages of a queer punk fanzine: J.D.s. He has produced pictures for Honcho e Inches, and has made several controversial movies that blend the techniques of both independent cinema and gay pornography.
Bruce has stated the aim of his films is to reject the male chauvinism present in conventional pornography. Skinheads, punks and sadomasochistic scenes plague his movies. Animosity and irony are also frequent in his short films, among pop stars, porn celebrities, the fetishistic mass media and everything with a camp imprint.
LaBruce himself stars in the explicit sex scenes, besides being the target of jokes and nicknames; actually, his name was used in the 50s as an insult for “sissies”.
He makes a fetishistic use of the camera, a super 8 to be more specific (the sound of the film rolling, its grainy texture…). That’s the border between LaBruce’s cinema and pornography: his look is not that of a voyeur but the look of a painter inside his own picture. He questions what can and can’t be seen in a sex scene. That’s why he is usually grouped together with Kenneth Anger, Jack Smith, Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey.
LaBruce’s movies reject the accepted image of subculture connected to stigmatization. The crossing of punk, skinhead and queer dismantle the limits from where culture constructs identities. To the punk slogan “no future”, Bruce LaBruce replies “porn is the future”.
After presenting Hustler White in Sundance Festival, he became one of the favourite cult cinema directors. He has been given awards and grants in festivals like Rotterdam, London, Berlin, Dublin, Salonika, Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco and Tokio.
In February 2012, there was an exhibition of his photos in Madrid, where we could see pictures of actors like Rossy de Palma and Pablo Rivero and singers like Alaska and Mario Vaquerizo. A few days after the opening, the gallery suffered a violent assault with Molotov cocktails that, luckily, didn’t set the place on fire.
You can have a look at his work on his website: Bruce LaBruce