This Edward Weston monograph is a contemporary examination of a Modernist Photographer viewed from today’s perspective. As a photographer of the West Coast (USA) school of photography, Edward Weston (b. 1886 – d. 1958 ) has a legendary presence for those who enjoy and practice the large format, black and white landscape photography. Perhaps unlike Ansel Adams, Weston’s interest extended well beyond this limited stereotype.
Steve Crist, the editor of this book, has thoughtfully brought together a diverse collection of Weston photographs that span his photographic career, including those ranging from the iconic (nudes, shells, green peppers, portraits, and the landscapes of Pacific coastline and the dunes of Death Valley) to the relatively unknown, and a few of those were a surprise to me. Crist has also included those similar images that hover around Weston’s icon images, a narrative that speaks to the creativity and experimentation of an artist. For this book review, I selected Weston images that are perhaps much lesser well known.
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