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Edward Weston

(Highland Park, IL, 1886 - 1958, Carmel, CA)

Edward Weston is the patriarch of a dynasty of photographers who have called California-€™s Central Coast home. But the family-€™s appeal and influence have been global. Coming to California from the Midwest in 1906, at the age of twenty, Edward Weston began his career as an itinerant photographer shooting pets, children, funerals, making a living where he could. Fast forward several decades, during which time he met people like Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O-€™Keeffe in NYC, Diego Rivera and David Siqueiros in Mexico, and fellow photographer Margrethe Mather -€œthe most important influence in my life,-€ and we find a respected artist exploring and developing new approaches to his genre. In 1929 Weston moved to Carmel. It was here that he developed the style for which he is most known - richly textured and detailed images of peppers, shells, dunes, cypresses, nudes. And it was here that he founded, along with Ansel Adams and other soon-to-be-famous photographers, the f/64 Group devoted to realizing maximum image sharpness of both foreground and distance. The Weston family of photographers, notably his sons Brett and Cole, grandson Kim, and great-grandson Zachary, have carried on Edward-€™s legacy,. Kim Weston continues to honor his Central California roots, opening his Carmel Highlands studio/home to students, and actively participating in the collection and the exhibitions of the Monterey Museum of Art. Kim, his wife Gina and son Zach are valued members of the MMA family. MMA has 113 Edward Weston Photographs in the collection, as well as numerous photos from other Weston family members.


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