Edward Weston: Portraits

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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 first published in Aperture 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.”

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Edward Weston Portraits is the first published collection of Edward Weston's most revealing portraits and shows the artist at his most inspired: "rendering the very substance, the deeper inner image" of sons, lovers, friends, and fellow artists with such commanding immediacy that they linger in the mind's eye long after viewing. Weston seized the photographic moment through a shrewd and unusual technique: by only pretending to shoot film for a period of time before actually taking the photograph, and then flashing the lens cap without the subjects' knowing, he cleverly guided them beyond "the pose", even allowing his sitters to wander freely about the studio. From the smoldering intensity on the face of Mexican painter Jose Clemete Orozco to the beguilingly sensual elegance achieved in nude depictions of Charis Wilson - Weston's greatest sitter and most enduring love - the photographer again and again transformed the realistic into the immanently mystical. Encompassing 72 duotone prints, Edward Weston Portraits treats its subject with the care and respect that Weston did his: on equal terms. A foreword by Cole Weston and a biographical essay by Susan Morgan, correspondence from Weston's lifelong friends, and excerpted texts from his daybooks all enhance and deepen our understanding of the photographs. A new window on Edward Weston's supreme talent, a documentary glimpse of his extraordinary circle of acquaintances, and a paradigm of photographic portaiture. Edward Weston Portraits evinces what Robinson Jeffers called "unmeasured power, incredible passion, enormous craft".

About the Author:

Although revered for his vibrant still lifes and haunting California landscapes, Edward Weston spent the major part of his career, from 1917 to 1948, perfecting a standard of photographic portraiture that has rarely been surpassed. Weston's timeless images of the fascinating people who crowded the canvas of his free-spirited life- among them, Robinson Jeffers, Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Tina Modotti, Igor Stravinsky, James Cagney, Lincoln Steffens, D.H. Lawrence, Carl Sandburg, e.e. cummings, and Dorothea Lange-comprise a startling 70 percent of the photographer's oeuvre

Susan Morgan is a contributing writer at Elle and Mirabella and the author of the 1992 Aperture monograph Martin Munkacsi.

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