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Centennial Celebration of Photographer Edward Weston

Magazine article Sunset

Centennial Celebration of Photographer Edward Weston

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He was one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, and his greatest work was done in the West. This year's centennial of the birth of Edward Weston (1886-1958) is being noted this month on the Monterey Peninsula by two major shows of his work as well as by a lecture and seminar by his son, photographer Cole Weston.

Weston began his career working in the style of those photographers who imitated the impressionist painters. But soon he turned to realism, striving for the greatest possible depth of field and sharp detail. He made his prints without an enlarger, preferring contact prints using the full negative.

At the Friends of Photography Gallery, San Carlos Street and Ninth Avenue in Carmel, you'll see some of his trademark works: close-ups of seashells, the rocks and trees of Point Lobos, nudes, and sand dunes. The show will run from March 7 through April 20; gallery hours are 1 to 5 daily.

At the Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art on those same dates, "The Monterey Photographic Tradition: The Weston Years" will show some 100 works by Edward Weston, his sons Brett and Cole, and others including Ansel Adams, Morley Baer, Al Weber, and Minor White. …

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