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Edward Weston (Photographic Study) [Hardcover]

Terence Pitts , Manfred Heiting , Edward Weston
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23 Mar 1999 Photographic Study
From still lifes of vegetables to shells to the human nude, Weston's photographs demonstrate exacting precision and tonal depth. A compact overview of his starkly original work, this book is an introduction to the photographer.
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  • Hardcover: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH (23 Mar 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 382287180X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3822871805
  • Product Dimensions: 32.8 x 27 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,105,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terence Pitts is director of the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, and has organized numerous important exhibitions of historic and contemporary photography. Manfred Helting is an internationally renowned expert and collector of photography. He lives in Amsterdam and Los Angeles. He is on the board of the German Photographic Society, on the advisory council of the August Sander Archiv in Cologne, and on the board of fellows of the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for the bookshelf 13 July 2009
Whether you are familiar with Westons work or not this is a lovely book to own. Containing shots from throughout his career not only is it nice to browse through it can stimulate you to see the grace & beauty in the most mundane of daily objects. The text is very brief taking up only about a sixth of the pages so it's very much a collection of Westons work as opposed to a text book. In todays age of re-touched to the n'th degree images, this book reminds you that if you develop your eye the shot is right in front of you if only you take the time to look for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Natural Goodness -- "Form Follows Function" 16 May 2004
This book will appeal to all of those who appreciate high quality reproductions of Edward Weston's finest works. Dunes, cypress, nudes, and portraits are all conjured up by the name of Edward Weston, and each is well represented in this gorgeous volume.
Before going into a description of this book, let me further caution those of you who do not know Edward Weston that he much favored nude photographs of women and had intimate relations with many women in his life which are described in Terence Pitts' interesting essay. If such things offend you, I suggest that you avoid this volume.
"Edward understood thoughts and concepts that dwell on simple mystical levels." -- Ansel Adams
It is appropriate that this volume contains some comments by Ansel Adams about Edward Weston. The two have many similarities in their work, and were friends. Both were attracted to the underlying grandeur of nature, and looked for the connectedness in all things (a sort of fractal-based perspective on unity). Weston was especially successful in integrating images of people with his nature images.
The works speak for themselves. "Edward Weston, contrary to so many now practicing photography, never verbalized on his own work." -- Ansel Adams
The potential for each of us from considering these images is very great from Adams' point of view. "You might discover, through Edward Weston's work, how basically good you are, or might become."
Edward Weston was formally trained to be a studio photographer, and soon sought to escape the limitations of doing commercial portraits. He was very skilled in this area, and there was always demand for his work. After 1930, he was able to stop retouching portraits which was a great relief to him.
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Edward Weston truly deserved the tag of 'Icon' derived from the series title. He was the equal of Ansell Adams, who also deserves the accolade but whose works are largely controlled by a Trust that bears his name and probably not therefore available to this publisher, who was a generation younger and lived for about 30 years beyond him. The two both loved nature and, to some extent, could be interested by some of the same things. However, there were strong differences in their individual approaches and techniques.

Weston loved the close-up and could concentrate on a single, relatively small object - for example, he did a loose series on shells of which the cover image is one and another on ferms. Adams loved the grand landscape, including mountains, lakes and rivers, and trees especially within the Yosemite National Park and the coastline around the Big Sur in California. The terrain was rugged, remote and sometimes isolated which was what Adams loved most. Although Adams sometimes would include people in his images they were subservient to their surroundings, whatever they were, and most often there only to provide scale; they were never the prime subject. Weston also photographed friends and his occasional lovers, much as Picasso would do in his paintings, and produced some high class portraits, almost always outdoors, and some nude studies. Whatever his subject, he made the best of it.

Included in this book are examples across the full spectrum of subject matter of Weston's work including his landscapes, nature studies and close-ups, portraits, nudes, and even some industrial and architectural studies. They date from the immediate post-WW1 years through to his death about 40 years later.
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