United States of America 1886 – 1958
No title (Guadalupe, Mexico, 1924): from "Edward Weston fiftieth anniversary portfolio 1902-1952".
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
In 1923 Weston travelled from San Francisco to Mexico City with his son, Chandler and his model and lover, Tina Modotti. The photographs he made there represented a startling, revolutionary breakthrough. Everything got stripped down to its essence, with objects isolated against neutral backgrounds. For these heroic head shots, he moved out of the studio, photographing in direct sunlight, from below and with a hand-held camera. They are monumental but still full of life: Weston was excited by the idea of capturing momentary expressions, in people he found ‘intense and dramatic’.
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