Bruce LaBruce is a Toronto based film-maker, writer, photographer, and artist. He began his career in the mid- eighties making a series of short experimental super 8 films and co-editing a punk fanzine called J.D.s, which begat the queercore movement. He has directed and starred in three feature length movies, "No Skin Off My Ass" (1991), "Super 8 1/2" (1994), and "Hustler White" (1996). More recently he has directed two art/porn features, "Skin Flick" (2000)(hardcore version: "Skin Gang") and "The Raspberry Reich" (2004) (hardcore version: "The Revolution Is My Boyfriend"), and the indie feature "Otto; or, Up with Dead People" (2008).
After premiering at Sundance and Berlin, "The Raspberry Reich" took off on the international film festival circuit,
playing at over 150 festivals, including the Istanbul, Guadalajara, and Rio de Janeiro International Film Festivals.
He was also honoured with retrospectives at the end of '05 at the Madrid and Hong Kong Gay and Lesbian Film Festivals.
"Otto; or, Up with Dead People" also played at over 150 film festivals,
culminating in a screening at MoMA in New York City in November of 2008.
LaBruce has written a premature memoir entitled "The Reluctant Pornographer", from Gutter Press.
A book on LaBruce's work, "Ride Queer Ride", was published in 1998 by the Plug-In Gallery in Winnipeg, Canada.
LaBruce was a contributing editor and frequent writer and photographer for Index magazine,
and he has also been a regular contributor to Eye and Exclaim magazines,
Dutch, Vice, the National Post, Nerve.com. and Black Book.
He was also formerly a frequent photographer for the US porn mags Honcho and Inches,
and has recently contributed to Butt, Kink, Jack, Currency, Kaiserin, and Slurp.
As a fashion photographer he has contributed stories to such magazines as
Dazed and Confused, Bon, Tank, Tetu, Fake, Attitude, Blend, Tokion and the National Post.
LaBruce had his first solo show of photographs presented by the Alleged Gallery in New York in December, 1999.
He has had subsequent solo exhibits of his photographs at the Pitt Gallery in Vancouver,
MC MAGMA in Milano, Italy, Bailey Fine Arts Gallery in Toronto, Peres Projects in San Franciso,
and at John Connelly Presents in New York. His show Heterosexuality Is the Opiate of the Masses
opened on July 16th/05 at Peres Projects in Los Angeles.
Most recently, in July 2006,
he mounted Polaroid Rage: A Survey of Polaroids, 2000-2006, at Gallery 1313 in Toronto.
He has also participated in numerous group shows. In October of 2006 he was the featured
artist at the Barcelona International Erotic Festival. His latest solo show,
Untitled Hardcore Zombie Project, opened at Peres Projects in Culver City, LA, on May 23rd, 2009.
LaBruce has also made a number of popular music videos in Canada, two of which won him MuchMusic video awards.