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Edward Weston periodical collection: Finding Aid
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Description
This collection contains fifty-five magazines, exhibition catalogs, brochures, and other printed material related to the career and life of Edward Weston (1886-1958), a pioneering 20th-century American photographer known for his exploration of form in landscapes, still lifes, and nudes. The collection includes published writings by and about Weston; publications containing his photographs; exhibition catalogs and brochures that feature his work and his contemporaries; as well as later tributes and articles about the photographer.
Background
Edward Weston (1886-1958) was a pioneering 20th-century American photographer known for his exploration of form in landscapes, still lifes, and nudes. Weston was born in Chicago, Illinois, on March 24, 1886, and later moved to the Los Angeles, California, area, where he opened a portrait studio in 1911. Weston moved to Northern California in 1929 and began taking photographs of the region including many in the Point Lobos area near Carmel. In the 1930s, Weston participated in numerous exhibitions and was involved with other California photographers including Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, John Paul Edwards, Sonya Noskowiak, Henry Swift, and Weston's apprentice Willard Van Dyke, with whom Weston founded the Group f/64 photography group in 1932. In 1937, Weston became the first photographer awarded a Guggenheim Foundation grant, and he published his first book of photographs, Seeing California with Edward Weston, in 1939. In the early 1940s, Weston selected and printed 500 of his photographs as a gift to the Huntington Library. Weston was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1947 and stopped taking photographs a year later. Weston died on January 1, 1958.
Extent
55 items in 3 boxes.
Restrictions
The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.
Availability
Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.