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Photography Presentation onEdward Weston by Katherine Stone

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2. 1927 19261927 3. Early Life Born in Highland Park, Il March 24, 1886 16 years old when he received his first camera Kodak Bulls Eye #2 Moved to California in 1906 to pursue a career in photography Married in 1909 Flora May Chandler Together they had four sons 4. 19291929 5. 1930 1932 1930 6. Career Opened and ran his own studio in California from 1911- 1922 In 1922 he went to Middleton, Ohio, where his photographs marked a turning point in his career. 1923, he moved to Mexico City where he opened yet another studio. 1926, he returned to California. After 1927, Westons main photographic subject were nudes, landscapes, and still-lives. Best known for his carefully composed, and sharply focused images 7. 1935 19371934 8. 1938 193 7 1937 9. Life (continued) In 1937, Weston was the first photographer to receive the Guggenheim Fellowship. It was renewed the following year. Several books about his work have been published. In one, the text was written by his wife. He had developed Parkinsons disease in 1948, making it his last working year. Died in January 1, 1958 at the age of 71. 10. 1941 1939 1939 11. 19411941 12. Critics Review On Weston's view, the peculiar, defining characteristics of photography include its remarkable capacity to render fine detail by means of a microscopic mosaic of silver grains that cannot be reproduced by skills of hand. For Weston, the key to producing aesthetically notable photographs rests on the photographer's ability to look at a scene and to construct a pre-visualized image by imagining how the scene might be translated into a photograph. Weston places special emphasis on the difference between ordinary seeing and seeing photographically, that is, constructing an image of the objects arrayed in front of the camera in terms of the choice of lens, film, exposure, film development, and printing technique. Weston's position assumes that photographs, when made by purely photographic means, are different in kind from other sorts of pictures and that good photographs declare their independence from all other graphic media. For Weston, the difference between photography and, say, painting is that when properly used, cameras introduce us to a domain that is unavailable to a painter, and it is the exploration of this domain that constitutes the art of photography. While pre-modernist photographers like Emerson and his followers saw the possibility that photography could become an art by aligning itself with the then current values of painting and graphic media, Weston deplored the imitation of the practices of artists in other depictive media and saw it as the major obstacle to the production of aesthetically valuable photographs. Like all purist positions on photography, Weston's arguments are conditioned on suppositions that are impossible to warrant. For example, he believed that so-called soft-focus lenses (lenses that cannot resolve sharp images) must be avoided because they do not resolve detail in a way that he claimed is peculiar to photography, but of course such lenses are purely optical and pictures made with them are no less pure than his favored creations. Viewed positively, however, Weston's major achievement as a critic of photography can be found in his insistence on the difference between the objects placed in front of a camera and the subject of a photograph. For him, the subject of a photograph depends on the way in which the picture is formulated. If the formula is insipid and well known, it may well seem that there is an equivalence between an object photographed and the subject of the picture, but if the fashioning departs from the most usual or ordinary response, the subject of the picture may be a revelation of some aspect of the object photographed (or, for that matter, the subject might be a relationship between items depicted in the photograph). Of course, the notion of revelation in art is anything but revolutionary, but the thought that photographs might probe beyond the obvious, superficial aspects of what could be seen in front of a camera was new and served as a fundamental element of modernist photography. 13. My Review Edward Weston had the ability to dramatically change his photographic style half way through his career. This is a picture taken late in his career after switching from a soft-focused lens to sharp and hard edged images. It is a very artistic picture showing texture in the sandy mountains.There is also a very good contrast in the shadows and the darker parts of the mountains, which happen to land on the horizontal thirds.1938 14. Bibliography Snyder, Joel, et al. quot;Photography.quot; Encyclopedia of Aesthetics. Ed. Michael Kelly. Oxford Art Online. 13 Mar. 2009 . Weston, Cole. quot;Edward Weston Biography.quot; Edward-Weston.com. 11 Mar. 2009 .