Edward weston photography and modernism

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Edward Weston: Photography and Modernism by Theodore E. Stebbins

This third and culminating volume in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts series on Edward Weston examines his role in the modernist movement. Comparative illustrations of work by Picasso, Brancusi, OKeeffe, Pollock and other artists are included to provide a deeper understanding of these influences. Following an introduction by Theodore Stebbins, three sections of photographs with accompanying essays demonstrate the entire range of Westons work: still lifes, work from the Mexican period, his landmark work with shells and peppers, small-format portraiture and fragmentary nudes, the classic 1930s series of nudes and dunes, and his late, abstract landscapes.
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How Iconic Photographer Edward Weston Approached Photography

Edward Weston: Photography and Modernism

Editor's note: The Phillips Collection provided source material to Resource Library Magazine for the following article or essay. If you have questions or comments regarding the source material, please contact The Phillips Collection directly through either this phone number or web address:. Edward Weston: Photography and Modernism. This exhibition has been created to pay tribute to his role within the context of the modernist movement, which inspired artists, architects, musicians, writers, and photographers in the early decades of the 20th century. Weston's photographs are shown alongside some of the most important modern masters. By demonstrating connections to his contemporaries, Weston's work inspires an even more profound appreciation of his original and memorable prints. Called "the quintessential American photographer of his time," Edward Weston is best known for his still lifes of peppers and shells, his heroic portraits, and abstract close-ups of nudes, rocks, and trees.

A smaller show consisting of just 37 prints made by his son from Weston's original negatives opens in London next month. It seems a good time to look again at the work of a great American photographer who revolutionised the form. Born in in Chicago, Weston helped to take photography out of the Victorian age, where it had served as a kind of pictorial addendum to painting, and make it modernist in every sense of the word. Whether photographing elemental landscapes, sculptural nudes or everyday objects, Weston's formal brilliance was allied to a democratic approach to his subject matter. He wanted, he said, "to make the commonplace unusual", a statement that has reverberated through photographic practice to the present day.

Summary of Edward Weston

From mild mid-western salesman to bohemian California artist, Edward Weston helped revolutionize photography so that it became an important component of modern art. His philandering ways got him into trouble in his personal life, but elevated him to new heights in his profession - helping him to forge artistic relationships with other modernists and inspiring his lifelong drive to capture the essence and beauty of everyday objects. Through his promotion of straight photography and his daybooks, in which he recorded his artistic growth, Weston helped cement photography's place as a legitimate modern artistic medium and influenced an entire generation of American photographers. Before his mother's death when Weston was five years old, she urged her son to pursue a practical profession as a businessman. It was Weston's father and sister Mary, nine years his senior, who soon recognized his artistic potential and encouraged him to consider photography.

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