Edward Weston collectibles
Edward Weston was an American photographer, and has been described as “one of the masters of 20th century photography”.
He was renowned for his close-ups of natural forms, nudes and landscapes, and in 1936 he became the first photographer to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship for experimental work.
He was, along with photographers such as Ansel Adams and Imogen Cunningham, one of the founding members of the informal San Fransisco based ‘Group f/64’ who sought to advocate modern photography and who formed a sharp opposition to the ‘pictoralist’ movement of the early 19th century.
Their work was characterised by a sharp focus of both the foreground and background in their images, and their manifesto stated their concentration on ‘pure photography’.
Weston was an early advocate of the pictoral style, but his relationship with photographer Margrethe Mather, the burgeoning California arts scene and an extended trip to Mexico led him to develop a more realistic take, focusing on the beauty of everyday objects.
His most famous photographs are close-ups of seashells, vegetables and his series of nudes posed amongst sand dunes.
The record price for an Edward Weston photograph was set in 2008, when a vintage print of his work ‘Nude’ (1925) was sold by Sotheby’s in New York as part of the Quillan Collection of Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Photographs.
It was purchased by Peter MacGill of the Pace-MacGill Gallery for a price of $1,609,000, making it one of the world’s most expensive photographs ever sold.
In 2010 a print of perhaps his most famous image ‘Nautilus’ (1927), a close-up of a sea shell described as one of the greatest modernist photographs of all time, was also sold by Sotheby’s in New York for a price of $1,082,500.
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