EDWARD WESTON

Very few photographers have left a legacy as rich as that left by the great American Modernist, Edward Weston. He was one of the great photographic innovators, and is remembered for having pushed the boundaries of the medium to new levels. Weston was an artist who found beauty in everything, from a discarded pair of boots to a mountain range, and he helped see photography into its greatest period when the camera's mechanical clarity was at last embraced by artists, rather than smothered by artifice and hackneyed notions of the picturesque.

One of the key, early exponents of Modernism in America, Weston has become a major figure in art history. His efforts to celebrate the camera's unique power, inspired an entire generation of photographers who sought to emulate his straight photography', as it became known. His work is held in virtually every museum collection that counts, and the original prints that he made fetch huge sums in 2007, a vintage print of his famous Nautilus Shell photograph, 1927, sold for over $1,100,000 at Sotheby's in New York.

The 37 prints in this exhibition were made by Edward Weston's son Cole, in the decades after his Father's death, from the original negatives, and come directly from the family. These prints were made in small numbers, with both exquisite precision and the qualities that Cole knew his father demanded. It is these prints that dominate the dynamic secondary market in Edward Weston's work today, and give collectors a comparatively affordable opportunity to own a photographic masterpiece, by one of the great names in the photographic canon.

The show promises to be one of the most exciting photography exhibitions in London this autumn.

All Photographs by Edward Weston
©1981 Collection Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents

Click here to view this exhibition on the Chris Beetles Fine Photographs website.