Photography

Weston, Edward (1886 - 1958)

In his early practice, Edward Weston adopted a Pictorialist manner, composing romantic and misty scenes. However, after meeting Alfred Stieglitz and Paul Strand, the American photographer decided to work with a more precise modernist aesthetic, experimenting with various techniques during the 1920s, playing with angles and close-ups. Eager to render ‘the very substance and quintessence of the thing itself, whether it should be polished steel or palpitating flesh’, Edward Weston photographed still lives such as his mystical and sensual seashells in the same way he depicted his lover, Tina Modotti, and other sitters in intimate nudes that confounded themselves with organic forms such as the sand of curvaceous dunes. Some of his nudes are almost unrecognizable as such and resemble landscapes or smooth sculptures in the manner of a Constantin Brancusi, androgynous silhouettes that tend to abstraction. As he helped bring photography further beyond its Victorian era’s principles, Edward Weston fulfilled his own manifest of making ‘the commonplace unusual’.
 

Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, 1943
Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, 1943
Edward Weston, Charis 2
Edward Weston, Charis 2
Edward Weston, Gaudalupe de Rivera, 1924
Edward Weston, Gaudalupe de Rivera, 1924
Edward Weston, Manuel Hernadez Galvan
Edward Weston, Manuel Hernadez Galvan
Edward Weston, Nahui Olin, 1924
Edward Weston, Nahui Olin, 1924
Edward Weston, Portrait of Ruth St. Denis, 1916
Edward Weston, Portrait of Ruth St. Denis, 1916
Edward Weston, Portrait of Diego Rivera, 1923
Edward Weston, Portrait of Diego Rivera, 1923
Edward Weston, Portrait of Johan Hagemeyer, 1925
Edward Weston, Portrait of Johan Hagemeyer, 1925
Edward Weston, Ramiel, 1930
Edward Weston, Ramiel, 1930
Edward Weston, Tina Reciting, 1924
Edward Weston, Tina Reciting, 1924
Edward Weston, Unidentified Woman, 1920
Edward Weston, Unidentified Woman, 1920
Edward Weston, William Edmonson, Sculptor, 1941
Edward Weston, William Edmonson, Sculptor, 1941
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