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Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan

Pyramid of the Sun, Teotihuacan

(American, 1886–1958)
Image: 19.1 x 23.9 cm (7 1/2 x 9 7/16 in.); Paper: 19.1 x 23.9 cm (7 1/2 x 9 7/16 in.)
© Center for Creative Photography, Arizona Board of Regents / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Location: not on view


Weston’s photograph emphasizes the majesty and monumental scale of the third largest pyramid in the world, founded around 200 A.D. by the Teotihuacanos not far from Mexico City. The print was made as Weston’s work was evolving from the soft focus and emotional emphasis of pictorialism to the clearly detailed, sharply focused, more formalist modernism, and contains traits characteristic of both movements.
  • Amy Conger, Edward Weston’s Early Photography 1903-1926, Ph.D. Dissertation, Albuquerque: The University of New Mexico, May 1982, Vol. I. passim, vol. 2 figure 23M/16 and vol. 4 figure 26/74.
    Conger, Amy, and Edward Weston. Edward Weston in Mexico, 1923-1926. Albuquerque: Published for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art by the University of New Mexico Press, 1983.
    Conger, Amy, and Edward Weston. Edward Weston--Photographs: From the Collection of the Center for Creative Photography. [Tucson]: Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, 1992.
    James Oles, South of the Border: Mexico in the American Imagination, 1914-1947, Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1993 159, 289
    Modotti, Tina, Edward Weston, Malin Barth, Jose Antonio Rodgriguez, and Antonio Saborit. Tina Modotti & Edward Weston: Mexican Years. New York, NY: Throckmorton Fine Art, 1999. 8, 51
    Stebbins, Theodore E., Edward Weston, Karen E. Quinn, and Leslie Furth. Edward Weston: Photography and Modernism. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in association with Bulfinch Press, 1999. 31-32, 211
    Debroise, Olivier. Mexican Suite: A History of Photography in Mexico. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2001. 97-101
    Figarella, Mariana. Edward Weston y Tina Modotti en México: su inserción dentro de las estrategias estéticas del arte posrevolucionario. México, D.F.: UNAM, Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, 2002. 91-92
    Weston, Edward, Sarah M. Lowe, and Dody W. Thompson. Edward Weston: Life Work : Photographs from the Collection of Judith G. Hochberg and Michael P. Mattis. Revere, Pa: Lodima Press, 2003. 47, 49
    Lowe, Sarah M., Tina Modotti, and Edward Weston. Tina Modotti & Edward Weston: The Mexico Years. London: Merrell, in association with Barbican Art Gallery, 2004. 21
    Tannenbaum, Barbara. “Acquisitions 2018: Photography.” Cleveland Art: Cleveland Museum of Art Members Magazine vol. 59, no. 2 (March/April 2019): 24-25. Reproduced: P. 25; Mentioned: P. 24.
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