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Edward Weston: One Hundred Twenty Five Photographs Hardcover – 5 Nov 2011

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: AMMO Books LLC; Limited edition (5 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934429570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934429570
  • Product Dimensions: 36.3 x 5.3 x 43.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Edward Weston (1886-1958) is an icon of American photography. His black-and-white photographs are considered among the most important images of the 20th century. Today, Edward Weston's photographs are highly coveted at auction and are exhibited by countless museums throughout the world.

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By lucas TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 July 2015
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THE BEAUTIFUL
First of all, this review is about the book that comes in a slipcase. There is a smaller version of this book that is absolutely not worth ordering because it has the faults of this book but not its qualities.

"One Hundred Twenty-five Photographs" is a very large book. Plates are large and, apparently, the same size of the original prints.

The selection of photographs is very good and it has several photos that I've not seen in other books

The design is very elegant and the paper is of very good quality.

Photos are on their own and you can concentrate on one photo at once. On the other hand, it is quite informative to see photos that , somehow, complement each other as it happens in books published by Aperture

There is only a short text in the beginning instead of the usual long academic digressions which take a third of the space in other photo books.

It has excerpts of Edward Weston's writings giving a unique insight into his work

THE UGLY
The paper used is a beautiful art paper but it is the wrong paper to print Edward Weston's photos. As Edward Weston himself wrote " It is but a logical step, this printing on glossy paper, in my desire for photography beauty. Such prints retain most of the original negative quality...Subterfuge becomes impossible, every defect is exposed, all weakness equally with strength..." He goes on and says that " Now all reactions on every plane must come directly from the original seeing of the thing, no secondhand emotion from exquisite paper surfaces or color: only rhythm, form and perfect detail to consider".
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This is a big book with wonderful photographs, including some rarities. However the large size of the book is not really justified: the photos are printed 8"x10" with a lot of white space around them. Weston used a 8x10" camera and liked to make contact prints, so the photo size is correct in historical terms. But if you were expecting larger photos given the large size of the book, you will be disappointed. The pages are matt paper which does not seem quite up to the quality you might expect ... but on the other hand it is very reminiscent of books published in Edward Weston's time, which is perhaps the point. Overall, a great book, but not worth the original very high price.
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Super paper and a good introductory essay. Well chosen illustrations but sadly although the limited edition printing is decent it should have been so much better at the original $250 price. A great plus is that the 10x8 prints can be viewed at full size. Seriously hefty and impressive but it could have been so much better. Well worth the bargain price I paid though (less than 10% of original cost)
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Lovely book, expensive to import though, the VAT was reasonable, the shippers (Parcel Force) handling fee excessive IMO.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Quality Concerns 19 Jan. 2012
By D. Rabinowitz - Published on Amazon.com
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I wish I could have written a 5 star review of this book. I love Edward Weston's work and didn't hesitate to pay the $200.00 for what I hoped would be a beautiful edition. When I received my copy I was surprised. Several things caught my eye. The case that holds the book is firm but had that feel of hard cardboard as well as Weston's facsimile signature embossed on the front. Upon opening the book, I heard the binding begin to give way, so I had to very carefully thumb through the pages. I felt the paper stock was superior to most photobooks in my collection but the copies of Weston's images on these pages were flat compared to his original prints that I have viewed in galleries and museums over the years and truthfully, to my eyes, inferior to images I've seen in book form. I didn't expect magic but the prints were not true to the originals imo. The tonal range was limited and the shadows were muddy and plugged up. This hid some of details that you might find in other photobooks that depict his work. When I looked at some of the reviews on Amazon I had to scratch my head in wonderment. I thought that maybe I got a bad copy of this tome but that seems unlikely. I've been collecting photobooks for years and occasionally a book comes to me with disappointing reproduction quality. The books quality isn't terrible but a $200.00 book should promise more. My best advice would be if you are inclined to add this book to your collection, try to find a copy before you actually purchase it. I have to wonder what Edward Weston would have thought of this book. I would imagine he'd be disappointed too.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful large format book. Everyone Weston fan should have a copy. 1 Sept. 2012
By AGG - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought mine as a pre-order and I was very pleased when I received it. I just read some of the reviews on print quality so I compared it with books in my collection. Some of the printing concerns are valid concerning flatness, but I see this only in two of the late landscapes. Overall this book has reproduced the early platinum prints exceptionally well, the later landscapes in two cases maybe a third are flat and do not reproduce deep blacks as for instance "Dunes Oceano" with sweeping black tones in the original that are muddy in the book. But overall I would rate the book 5 stars because what it does well it does very well and no Weston book to date in my mind does not have a couple of less than stellar reproductions. Books I compared to this "California Landscapes,"My Camera on Point Lobos," "Supreme Instants," and "Seventy Photographs."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Edward Weston: One Hundred Twenty-Five Photographs 13 Feb. 2014
By Rickie - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautifully produced book. I have all of the Weston books and really love this one. It is almost as good as owning an original photograph by Weston. A great addition to my collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Weston is always attractive 6 Feb. 2013
By piotr koralewski - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the ptotographs and I like also the printing quality.
The level of this black and white printing is very hihg indeed.
I also like the paper.
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3.0 out of 5 stars About the printing quality... 24 Feb. 2012
By Peter Schlessinger - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this volume -- which I'm going to refer to hereafter as "125" -- with great anticipation, as a gift for a fellow photographer and Weston fan. My first response on opening it was disappointment -- though the collection was interesting, the images seemed rather dull and flat. I immediately printed up the return documentation; but then decided to do a quick image-to-image comparison with a few other Weston books I had on hand before shipping it out.

The first photograph I found another example of was plate 206, 'Kelp, China Cove, Point Lobos, 1940'. I compared it with the same image from My Camera on Point Lobos (Da Capo Press, New York 1968, a republication of the 1950 edition), where it is plate 17, entitled "China Cove, 1940". The large areas of near black in this image make the different choices in paper and ink stand out -- "My Camera" is printed on glossy paper, and in addition appears to have a coat of varnish applied after the printing to deepen the blacks. For me, this produces a more satisfying approximation of the darker end of the wide tonal range of most Weston prints. To some extent, a loss of shadow detail can be expected with a matte paper, which produces it's own "noise", and the image "My Camera" had substantially more shadow detail, clearly showing waves on the water's surface where in 125 these were barely visible.

The next photograph I compared was plate 118, 'Ivanos and Bugatti, 1931', which I also found as plate 25 in "The Daybooks of Edward Weston, Volume II" (Aperture, 197?). That book has a frontispiece disclaimer about printing quality ("Those who wish to study his photographs as presented with an excellence not attempted here are referred to "Edward Weston: Fifty Years..."), yet in the Daybooks version I found the image in question to have better tonal separation (the gray of the car body has a much more distinct tone), and there is considerably more highlight detail, particularly visible in the Bugatti's headlamps.

A third and final comparison I will make is between 125's version of plate 82 'Charrito (Pulqueria), Mexico 1926', with the same image in the Daybooks, Volume one, plate 17, there entitled 'Pulqueria, Mexico, D.F., 1926'. The daybooks image is clearly darker -- and the more open shadow tones of the "125" version allow a bit more detail -- but the overall effect is much closer to what I experience of a Weston print. In the Daybooks version there light and shadow falling across the storefront has a vital chiaroscuro lacking in the version in 125, which feels drab and dead by comparison.

Some further comparisons made me somewhat more tolerant of the faults I was finding in 125's printing... many of the nudes (for example plate 46 "Nude, 1923") looked as good or better than those in other editions, and I take that to be because the matte paper and ink density likely suits mid-tones better.

After my research, I am left trying to decide whether to keep the book (and give it as a gift as I planned), or to return it. The selection of images had some pleasant surprises, and the fairly strict chronological order allows an overview of Weston's development that is useful -- but the printing makes the final object a vehicle capable in most cases of only transmitting only a pale ghost of his vision. For some this will be intolerable, for others, not so much.

The caveat is that though some other books have indeed delivered more fidelity, in Edward Weston's work, where clear and specific tonality is as powerful an element as form, one should always remember that if you have not experienced it in original print form... you really have not experienced it.
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