is a Toronto based film-maker, writer, and photographer.
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.”) He has also 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 is a contributing editor and frequent writer and photographer for Index magazine, and he also is or has been a regular contributor to Eye and Exclaim magazines, Dutch, Vice, and the National Post, and more recently, Nerve.com. and Black Book. He was also formerly a frequent photographer for the US porn mags Honcho and Playguy. As a fashion photographer he has contributed stories to such magazines as Dazed and Confused, Bon, Tank, Tetu, Fake, Attitude, Blend, 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 latest show, Heterosexuality Is the Opiate of the Masses, opened on July 16th/05 at Peres Projects in Los Angeles.
LaBruce has also made a number of popular music videos in Canada, two of which won him MuchMusic video awards. His latest art/porn movie, “The Raspberry Reich”, has been touring on the international film festival circuit for a year and a half, playing at over 150 festivals, most recently playing at 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.