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Definition: Weston, Edward from Philip's Encyclopedia

US photographer. He developed his style in the 1920s, influenced by Alfred Stieglitz. His aim was to give new meaning to mundane objects.

Summary Article: Weston, Edward
From Chambers Biographical Dictionary


US photographer

Born in Highland Park, Illinois, he established his own studio in Glendale, California (c.1910), moving to Mexico in 1923. He rebelled against the prevalent "soft-focus" style and became recognized as a modernist, emphasizing sharp images and precise definition in landscapes, portraits and still life. In 1932 he joined Ansel Adams and others in forming the "straight photography' purists" Group f/64, in California. His close-up studies of inanimate objects such as shells and vegetables exemplified his vision of detailed form and the richness of his control of tone. He produced notable landscapes of the Mohave Desert and in 1937, with the first-ever award of a Guggenheim Fellowship to a photographer, travelled widely throughout the western states of the USA. He followed this with a long tour of the southern and eastern states to illustrate an edition of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass.

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