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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)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,522,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x94a9cd38) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90fd8798) out of 5 stars Beautiful presentation and selection, alas, poorly printed. 14 Dec. 2011
By Jeffrey Martz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Very few announcements in recent memory have excited me more than the one for this volume of the incomparable Edward Weston. I have waited for many months for my pre-ordered copy to arrive. I am quite disappointed in the finished work. Please allow me a few moments to clarify.

First the good: The book imagery is beautifully selected, sequenced, and designed. There is one reproduction per page accompanied by a title and a quote from Weston's daybooks. The combination of "greatest hits" and lesser-known gems makes for a fine collection. The imagery is roughly chronological and clustered in categories to provide cohesive "chapters" from Weston's body of work. The print size, contact 8x10" and 4x5," is simply perfect. The gold slip case (not a clamshell as advertised!) and thick end boards make for a very handsome volume. It sure looks great on the shelf.

Now the bad: I shake my head with wonder at the person or persons who signed off on the ink and paper combination for this book. The reproductions are perfectly detailed and exacting but the entire book is flat, flat, flat. The paper is mostly matte-surfaced which in combination with this ink does not allow for a long tonal range. For certain images, the shells for example, this combination does look nice. But for far too many of the images, especially the landscapes, it just looks flat. Weston would not have approved. His amidol-developed glossy prints from his pyrogallic-acid developed negatives are the very definition of long scale photography. I relish Weston prints in person for their realism and tonality. I get zero sense of that beauty from this book.

In conclusion I am unhappy with this volume. If you are looking for fine reproductions of Weston's work find a copy of the Merrell-published "Edward Weston: A Legacy." This hard to find book is superior in nearly every way and it's price reflects this. In my happy dreams this volume would be redone exactly as is with glossier paper and brighter ink. For that book I would gladly pay double the asking price.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90fd87ec) out of 5 stars Quality Concerns 19 Jan. 2012
By D. Rabinowitz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9198e15c) out of 5 stars Not Bad, Not Good 18 Mar. 2012
By Highlander - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book has some of Edward Weston's classic images and for that reason alone I give it 3 stars but I am not happy with the quality of the photographs. I am not very surprised that people affiliated with and/or related to Edward Weston would give this 5 stars but public opinion is divided on this $250.00 (retail) book. I don't know why this book cost so much, maybe someone can explain that to me.

I cannot endorse this book past 3 stars but I can see how people will like it for the prose and that it houses some of Weston's classic images, those things are true. If you are looking for rich black and white tones, check out any books by Michael Kenna as just one example. Although Kenna's work is not as detailed as Weston's and uses fewer close-up studies, you should get a good idea of how photographs can be accurately reproduced in book form at a more realistic price. Also recommended are some books showing the work of Ansel Adams. The book, "The Making of 40 Photographs" at $26.12, is a nice one at almost 1/10 the price. Ansel Adams "400 Photographs at $23.52 is very good for the price. Michael Kenna, "Japan" is great as is "Hokkaido" but one or both may be out of print. I also like Irving Penn's, "Small Trades". Richard Avedon's, "In the American West" is also a wonderfully reproduced book. I'm looking for a good Paul Strand book.

And thank you Kim Weston for gracing these pages. Your grandfather has inspired photographers and enthusiast for generations. His daybook was a enjoyable read into the day to day goings on in his mind and life.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90fd8a74) out of 5 stars A Must Have Book of Edward Weston Images 29 Nov. 2011
By David W. Schumacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It took awhile to arrive (I preordered in September, 2011) but it was well worth the wait.

The book came in a clam box as stated, which is nice as protection on the shelf. Inside, the book is in a heavy sleeve that has the embossed signature. I've seen quite a number of Weston images over the years -- in books and at exhibits. While I have seen many of the images published in this book, there were quite a few that I have never viewed. It was a nice surprise. The binding is solid, the paper stunning, and the images are incredible on the printed page.

The images are all 8x10 (Weston's format for contact prints) and they almost look like contact prints in this tome. A nice touch with this publication is that images are not printed back-to-back on the pages. And the images literally jump off the pages, they are printed so beautifully. I would recommend this book to any serious collector of photography books. It is a limited edition of 2000, according to the publisher. While it is advertised as "numbered" I talked with the publisher and the only numbering is on the copyright page noting the limited edition of 2000.

I have shown this book to other photography friends and my mentor. All were very impressed with this publication. It is a welcome addition to my photo book collection (which includes some other Edward Weston editions).
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90fd88ac) out of 5 stars A stunning volume! 16 Mar. 2012
By Denise Gosé - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am very pleased and impressed with this beautiful new book celebrating the genius of Edward Weston's photography. As a longtime staff member at the Center for Creative Photography, which houses the Edward Weston Archive, I have had the pleasure to work with original Weston prints for many years, and I must say that this book does justice to these incredible, timeless photographs. The book's production qualities are excellent, in terms of print quality, layout and design, and the book itself as an object. I also very much enjoyed Steve Christ's essay. He did an excellent job of illuminating Weston as a person and an artist.
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