Edward Weston

(1886 - 1958)
b. USA

Edward Weston was born in Highland Park, Illinois, 1886. He pursued “straight photography” and had a major effect on 20th century American photography.

In 1906, he moved to California, and opened his own portrait studio in 1911. After 1920, he explored his new style of photography away from his pictorialism style. Weston met Alfred Stieglitz while on trip to New York in 1922 and intensify his feelings. In 1923 he traveled to Mexico where opened a photographic studio, Weston tool a number of the portraits and nudes. It was also he met the artists Diego Rivera etc. After moving back to California in 1926, he continued to photograph nudes, close-up, natural forms and landscapes.

He founded the group f/64 along with California photographers Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham and others. He became the first photographer to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1937. Following the receipt of this fellowship he spent the next two years taking photographs in the West and Southwest United States which were provided for a new edition of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass for illustrations. A major retrospective was held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1946.

His works, negatives and related documents are housed at the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona.

Among four children, the second son Brett and the fourth son Cole became a photographer. He authorized Cole to print from Edward’s negatives after his death, so Cole continued printing Edward’s work while pursuing his own fine art photography.

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