Bruce grew up in Burlington, North Carolina, and studied theatre at Wake Forest University and at Northwestern University. He moved to New York in 1975 and, among other foodie pursuits, has taught cooking at The New School and other area schools for over twenty years.

Bruce is the author of two highly acclaimed food books and has also written for several cookbooks and food articles.
Bruce got his first adult camera in 1979, then put it down for various personal and professional reasons and did not pick it up again until 1995. Since then he has shot extensively in the studio and in real life.

Bruce says:

"The human animal holds endless fascination for me. I find it very exciting that with my camera I can capture a fragile instant that will never exist again, a look, a gesture that will never be repeated. I seek to capture the beauty within the individual, the beauty of the moment."

Bruce prints his images in toned silver gelatin and in platinum/palladium, a medium he finds particularly revealing of the hidden beauty in a moment, an individual. In June of 2001 Bruce created his first photo web site, a collection of color shots from recent gay pride events called It also contains his other workstudio, travel, and New York street pictures in silver gelatin, platinum/palladium. In his spare time Bruce collects photographs, American Indian jewelry and textiles, and African art.


Bruce Beck

Platinum and palladium prints

Coyoacan, Mexico, DF ©

Taxco, Guerrero, Mexico, 1996 ©

Veracruz, Mexico, 1995 ©

Cuetzalan, Puebla, 1995 ©

Tlacolula, Oaxaca, Mexico, 1995 ©

Tlacolula, Oaxaca, Mexico 1 ©

Tlacolula, Oaxaca, Mexico 2 ©



Gardener's Pond ©

Puss, 1998 ©

Latex Watch, 2000 ©

Venice IV ©