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Edward Weston: A Legacy [Hardcover]

Jennifer A. Watts , Edward Weston


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25 April 2003 1858942063 978-1858942063
Edward Weston (1886-1958) was the first photographer ever to be given a Guggenheim fellowship, resulting, as the artist himself realized, in the most prolific period of his life: "With the exception of portraits and nudes, my Guggenheim period is a summation of my life-work." Not surprisingly, therefore, he wanted his work seen, and he wanted it preserved. The Huntington Library in Southern California was suggested, and Weston, recognizing its suitability as one of the West's premier cultural institutions, responded with "quiet and intense joy." This is the first major book to celebrate The Huntington's extraordinary collection of five hundred Edward Weston photographs, all of them selected and printed for the institution by the artist himself in the 1940s. The Guggenheim photographs of the American West lie at the heart of this legacy, but Weston also included in his gift still-life studies from the early 1920s and 1930s, as well as later landscapes from the 1940s. Weston selected these photographs as representative of his best work, and they are stunningly reproduced in this landmark publication.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Overdue but worth the wait 19 Jun 2003
By D. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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Edward Weston gave more that 500 of his favorite works to the Huntington Library. Note books and other written material complete a major collection. This book is a major attempt to organize and say something meaningful about a prolific, private genius. I haven't read it all but I've already learned a lot and I've studied Weston for 40 years. The reproductions and their display as 8X10 contact prints is one of the most astonishing feats of printing I've ever seen, especially the nudes of Charis Wilson and the incredible sand dunes at Oceano. There are many photos that I have never seen, many I have seen and some I've held in my hand. This gives me the perspective to say that this book is worth buying just for the prints. You'll think as I have that you missed something until now, especially if all you've seen is book prints. This is as close you'll come to the real thing in print. I've sat buried in this book for half an hour, afraid to breath.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Extraordinary Compilation Of Photography As Art! 29 Oct 2003
By Jana L. Perskie - Published on Amazon.com
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Edward Weston, more than any other photographer that I admire and have studied, succeeded in creating photography as art. His abstract and voluptuous landscapes of the human form, his photographic sculptures of organic matter, his special vision that captured unnoticed works of art in nature, bring extraordinary passion and life to black and white photography. His exploration of "the universality of basic form" has provided us with masterpieces of photographic art. Much of Weston's best work is featured in this large and exquisite book. Published in London in association with the Huntington Library, printed and bound in Italy, and issued on fine paper approaching photographic print quality, this book is certainly a wonderful legacy of Edward Weston and his work.
In 1937 and 1938, the Guggenheim Foundation paid Weston to take a two-year photographic trip though California and the West - he was the first photographer to be awarded a Guggenheim fellowship - the images he made during that trip - more than 500, were presented to the Huntington Library. "What it all comes to is this," Weston wrote the Guggenheim Foundation in 1939, "I want very much to have a collection in the Huntington Library and will do anything I can to make it possible." "Edward Weston: A Legacy" organizes much of this material - extensive commentary, notes, biographical information and career-long examples of Weston's photographs. It is a truly stunning compilation.
Weston's work evokes warmth, sensuality, the erotic. There is passion behind his photographs of animals, like the fleet fox, his portraits, and in his strange visions of antique statuary. His nudes, especially the extraordinary work he does with Charis Wilson, take the viewer beyond the erotic to a discovery of eternal forms.
This is a magnificent book containing a master's work - a real treasure!
JANA
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best collection of Weston's Images in print 28 July 2012
By GP - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have just purchased second-hand, this extraordinary book. I have a number of books on Weston, including the large format Lodima (Edward Weston - Life Work) and the Aperture monograph - Edward Weston - His Life and Photographs (out of print). This book contains material I have not seen anywhere else, and the quality of the printing and the quality of the editing and organisational structure is excellent. Whilst the Aperture volume has the most work, and the Lodima, the best print quality, this book provides the best structured overview of this mast photographer. I also agree with the comments of the other reviewers, this book is outstanding.
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous book 13 Aug 2012
By L. Bencze - Published on Amazon.com
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Reproduction quality is top notch. The pictures are reproduced at the 8 x 10 size of Weston's original contact prints. (He avoided enlarging and always preferred contact prints.) It contained many prints I was not familiar with from the small Aperture volumes.

Also the writing in this book avoided annoying "art speak" and was very informative about both Weston's life and his artistic goals.

I only wish I had purchase this book when new so I could have avoided the very high rare book price of a used volume.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect selection of pictures 14 Nov 2005
By Jindrich Nemec - Published on Amazon.com
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If you don't have any photography book with Weston's pictures, get this one... You will get perfect selection of pictures well printed. It's almost fundamental book for everyone interested in photography.
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