Vintage gelatin silver print
Image: 19.1 x 24.1 cm (7 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.); Matted: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1984.169
© Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Working slowly and patiently with large-format equipment, Edward Weston rejected the excitement of the fleeting moment to pursue the timeless and essential truths. For the most part, Weston selected his subjects from the surroundings of his daily life, working only with things or people that moved him powerfully and directly. He discovered the significance and grandeur in commonplace objects. Unifying a concern for objective reality with subjective response and aesthetic control, Weston's work exemplified a major approach to photography, and became a powerful influence on subsequent generations. In June 1933, he took a two-week trip to New Mexico, and while in Elizabethtown was inspired by the cloud-filled sky and gently rolling hills. Weston once observed that in New Mexico "the heavens and earth become one."
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