Edward Weston By Katherine Li

Edward Henry Weston (March 24, 1886 – January 1, 1958) was a 20th-century American photographer.
STYLE: Over the course of his 40-year career Weston photographed an increasingly expansive set of subjects, including landscapes, still lives, nudes, portraits, genre scenes and even whimsical parodies.
SPECIAL TECHNIQUES: Initially his work was typical of the soft focus pictorialism that was popular at the time. Within a few years, however, he abandoned that style and went on to be one of the foremost champions of highly detailed photographic images.
He is not really works for anyone or any company. He has his own studio.
TYPES OF CAMERA AND LENGTHS: He began as a more serious photographer in 1902 when he purchased a 5 x 7 camera. When he moved to Tropico and opened his studio in 1911 he acquired an enormous 11 x 14 Graf Variable studio portrait camera. He then bought a 3 ¼ x 4 ¼ Graflex in 1912 in order to better capture their quickly changing expressions.While in Mexico he purchased a used Rapid Rectilinear lens which he was his primary lens for many years. He also took to Mexico a 3¼ × 4¼ Graflex with a ƒ/4.5 Tessar lens, which he used for portraits.
TYPES OF LIGHTNING: Weston believed in "massive exposure", and he continued to develop to get the right balance of highlights and shadows.
He is probably inspired by his father because he receive his first camera at his 16th birthday. His way of taking photos is probably influenced by the sceneries in Mexico. When he was in Mexico, he became more responsive to what was in front of him, and he turned his camera on everyday objects.
INTERESTING STORIES:In 1923, when he travel to Mexico, the different culture and scenery forced him to look at things in new ways. He became more responsive to what was in front of him, and he turned his camera on everyday objects like toys, doorways and bathroom fixtures. He also opened a photographic studio with his lover, Tina Modotti. During this time, Weston took a number of the portraits and intimate nudes for which he's known today.
This is one of his photograph of pepper.
This is one of his photography about shell.
MY FEELING: I select this photographer because I think the black and white photographs are really cool and his works are really detailed. His way of taking photos and his techniques of taking photographs leave special visual impacts on the viewers. I really like his photographs.

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