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Edward Weston (American, 1886-1958)


Also known as:  Edward Henry Weston

Birth Place: Highland Park, IL USA


Who was photographer Edward Weston?

Edward Weston was an American photographer whose contribution to 20th-century photography led to him being considered a master of the art form. Over his 40-year career, he photographed landscapes, portraits, and nudes -- many focusing on the rapid change of the American West. Later in life, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which led to him retiring from photography, though he continued to print his old photos until the end of his life. 

During his lifetime, Edward Weston received a Guggenheim fellowship, exhibited around the world, and produced several books detailing his evolution as a photographer and artist. In these books, he revealed highly detailed notes of his artistic process and the role of artistic impression in photography. These books represent a lasting legacy that photographers continue to pull inspiration from -- even sixty years after his death. 

What kind of art did Edward Weston make?

Edward Weston was a photographer who produced landscapes, portraits, and nudes that frequently featured his beloved American West. He continuously experimented with technique, exposures, and equipment, going through almost ten different types of printing paper until he eventually settled on Kodak’s Azo glossy silver gelatin. The product of these experiments were extremely moody and atmospheric photos that still feel as emotionally resonant today as the day they were printed. 

How did photographer Edward Weston get started?

Born to an obstetrician and an actress, Edward Weston’s early years were spent in Chicago. On his 16th birthday, Weston received a Kodak Bull’s-Eye camera from his father. He spent much of his early life taking photos, eventually enrolling in the Illinois College of Photography for a nine-month course (Weston finished in six). He worked at the famed Louis Mojonier studio in Los Angeles as a negative retoucher early in his career. In 1910, Weston opened The Little Studio in Tropico, California -- and over the next three years developed his techniques and critical eye which would eventually lead to some of his best work. After four years in Mexico in the 1920s, Weston would return to his studios, where he would continue to work up until his death in the 1950s. 

How much are Edward Weston photos worth?

Edward Weston’s photographs are worth anywhere from hundreds of dollars to tens of thousands of dollars for his major works. One famous landscape, Dunes, Oceano (1936) is priced at $35,000. His work is atmospheric and aesthetically beautiful, with a classic feel that never lets it get too dated or out of style (like some of his contemporaries). Prospective buyers would be smart to keep a sharp lookout for available prints -- they don’t come up for auction often. 

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