of the week #5 Edward Weston

Edward Weston

Photographer of the week: Edward Weston

Time for photographer of the week, continuing Masters of the 20th century. 

One of the most renowned photographers of the 20th century, Edward Weston has helped to inspire and support countless photographers to create fine art photography.

Edward Weston photography

Born in 1886 on March 24th in Chicago, Edward Weston’s passion for photography began with his first camera: a Kodak Bull’s-Eye #2. Weston soon purchased a 5×7 film camera and began taking photographs of the surrounding landscape at his aunt’s farm; he developed his style and began to recognise aspects of photography that appealed to him, lending confidence and assertion to his images.

Edward Weston photography

In 1911 Weston began his own photography business he named ‘The Little Studio’. He entered a variety of competitions and soon began receiving awards and recognition for his fine art photography. The attention and recognition he began to achieve led to a chain of chance meetings with people who would forever affect his work and life.

An early advocate of Pictorialism, Weston tired of this artistic medium toward the 1920s and turned his attention instead to ‘straight photography’ – capturing scenes with upmost detail and clarity. He became a founding member of Group f/64 along with Ansel Adams and Imogen Cunningham.

Edward Weston photography

This U-turn of style led to his most renowned photographs of natural forms, close-ups, nudes, and landscapes. It would be for the images created in the 1920s-40s he would be hailed one of the most important art photographers of the 20th century, leading art into the modernist arena.

Edward Weston photography

In recognition of his work, in 1936 Weston became the first photographer to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship for experimental work. Weston travelled and continued to create original photography. Weston began showing symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease in 1946 and shot his last photography in 1948. He died on January 1, 1958, leaving a legacy of pioneering art photography.

Edward Weston photography

4 comments

  1. The photograph of the pepper is my absolute favorite work from Weston. I love the way the vegetable takes on a human figure. Thanks for posting, Makena.

    • It’s one of my favourites too; such a stunning example of finding a human connection in a seemingly unobvious place. I also love how it displays our predisposition to overlook flaws; not many notice the slightly wrinkled skin of the pepper, or the tiny worm hole – Weston truly was a master!

  2. Cool Read. I love to learn photo history.

  3. Thanks for your comment Charlie – you can check out more photography history under ‘features’ – at the moment I’m focusing on 20th century masters. If you have any favourite photographers you’d like to recommend I’d be more than happy to feature them!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: