Friends of Photography, EW:100

EW:100, Centennial Essays in Honour of Edward Weston

The Friends of Photography (1986) EW:100, Centennial Essays in Honour of Edward Weston. Carmel, CA.: The Friends of Photography.


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THE ACHIEVEMENT OF EDWARD WESTON: The Biography I’d Like to Read by ROBERT ADAMS

What might the pictures bring to the common misapprehension of Weston as apolitical, and to our understanding of Weston’s depression at the time of World War II? Maddow is disturbed by the grotesque pictures that Weston made around the house during the war, such as that of Wilson nude except for a gas mask. Common sense suggests, I think, that they expressed an anguish that originated in part from the war, in addition to the fact that the pictures were in certain respects made out of necessity (gas rationing meant no travel, and Point Lobos was occupied by the military), and despite the fact that Weston defended them on the same grounds as his other work. The pictures have no parallel in Weston’s other work, they are certainly neither funny nor beautiful, and they are not, as Weston tried to claim, a case of an artistic breakthrough initially misunderstood (at least I know of no one to this day who likes them). It is right that we are disturbed by them; they demonstrate the cost of living in this century.

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CARMEL: Beneficial to Bohemia By THERESE THAU HEYMAN

Walker Evans delivered one version.

Photography is not cute cats, nor nudes, motherhood or arrangements manufactured products. Under no circumstances is it anything ever anywhere ear a beach.

Weston had to have been thinking about criticism of his refusal to be involved in the difficulties of modern living when he concluded:

Is this sojourn in Carmel an attempt to escape, a refusal? Not at all! I am not a reformer, a missionary, a propagandist, – not in a militant concrete way. I have one clear way to give, to justify myself as part of this whole,- through my work. Here I can work, and from here I send out the best of my life ,focussed onto a few sheets of silvered paper.

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Contents

JAM ES ALINDER
Acknowledgements

PETER C. BUNNELL
Introduction

ROBERT ADAMS
THE ACHIEVEMENT OF EDWARD WESTON: The Biography I’d Like to Read

THERESE THAU HEYMAN
CARMEL: Beneficial to Bohemia

ESTELLE JUSSIM
QUINTESSENCES: Edward Weston’s Search for Meaning

AMY CONGER
TINA MODOTTI AND EDWARD WESTON : A Re-evaluation of their Photography

MIKE WEAVER
CURVES OF ART

ANDY GRUNDBERG
EDWARD WESTON’S LATE LANDSCAPES

ALAN TRACHTENBERG
EDWARD WESTON’S AMERICA: The LEAVES OF GRASS Project

CHARIS WILSON
THE WESTON EYE

PAUL VANDERBILT
NO MAGIC WITHOUT MAJESTY