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From Publishers Weekly
From light-control to master-printing, Weston meticulously glorified on film nautilus shells, green peppers and household implements. Less famous but impressive in a selection gathered here for the first time are the portraits that made up most of his life's work. Quietly catching on large-format film his models' characters, Weston in the 1920s and '30s expanded existing norms of background and composition in portraying such personalities as D.H. Lawrence, Diego Rivera, Robinson Jeffers, Jo Davidson, Henry Fonda and Ansel Adams, along with his own sons and various friends and associates. Included are several nudes of his protegee, model and lover, Tina Modotti, as well as some of his second wife, Charis Wilson.
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From Library Journal
Aperture. 1995. 96p. photogs. ISBN 0-89381-605-1. $40. PHOTOG Weston's (1886-1958) photographic career began in 1911 and ended in 1948, with the onset of Parkinson's disease. Beaumont Newhall called Weston the founding father of American photography; certainly his straightforward, modernist approach dominated American photography until well after his death. Of these two new books, editor Mora's is the more valuable for history of photography and fine arts collections. His survey presents... read more --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This monograph is the first published collection of Edward Weston's finest portraits. It shows the artist at this most inspired: vigorously rendering "the very substance, the deeper inner image" of sons, lovers, friends, and fellow artists with such immediacy that they linger in our mind's eye long after viewing. In his lifetime, Weston's photographs were published in Aperture beginning in 1952. In 1958, upon Weston's death, Nancy Newhall brought his pictures together in a single landmark issue that became known as "The Flame of Recognition".