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
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.
"A stunning achievement. On more than 70 films, spanning over 50 years, Jeff Bridges has kept a photographic journal of his life on set. Using the Widelux camera, with its unique elongated format, rotating lens, and black-and-white film, he has captured behind-the-scenes Hollywood in a way no one has before or since. These photos, often accompanied by hand-written observations and insights, are then sequenced into a limited-edition book, which Bridges gives away to all those participating in the film. What is amazing to me is how good the images are. They are dense with information and gorgeously seen, edge-to-edge. Bridges' best pictures rival Garry Winogrand's with a formal and dynamic rigor. Out of the discipline and commitment to produce the work year after year, film after film, a unique photographic oeuvre has come to life." -Richard Misrach
"His photographs expose the irrational reality of moviemaking and stand as an homage to that process." -Kerry Brougher "Jeff goes wide!" -Joel & Ethan Coen "Jeff Bridges' talent is so impressive in so many areas, words cannot express. So let his great photos do that for me." -Francis Ford Coppola