Edward Weston Photographer 1886-1958

Edward Weston was born in Highland Park, Illinois on March 24, 1886. He started taking photos at the age of 16 after he was giving his first camera; a "kodak bullseye 2" for his birthday. After studying at the Illinois College of photography he moved to California where he settled to pursue a career in photography. Weston made a decision in 1922 to abandon the pictorialism style that was popular at the time to straight photography becoming the pioneer in sharp and precise presentation. During this period his pictures included the human form as well as other items in nature such as costal wildlife, plants and landscapes. After 1927 Weston mainly shot nudes and still life, including shells and vegetables which became some of his most influential work. Weston used an8x10 inch view camera, always in natural daylight. He used four-hour exposures to capture detail. He never enlarged, cropped, or retouched his photographs.

Cite a Website - Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b7/Weston-pepper30.jpg [Accessed 7 Feb. 2017].

Cite a Website - Cite This For Me. [online] Available at: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/b7/Weston-pepper30.jpg [Accessed 7 Feb. 2017].

Lumieregallery.net. (2017). Lumiere » Blog Archive » Edward Weston. [online] Available at: http://lumieregallery.net/wp/191/edward-weston/ [Accessed 7 Feb. 2017].

Along with Ansel Adams, Willard Van Dyke and others Edward Weston co founded the group f/64 in 1932. They used a very small aperture along with a large format camera to achieve great depth of field resulting in even sharpness from foreground to background. He was also awarded a fellowship from the Guggenheim foundation in 1937 which was a first for a photographer.

"Edward Weston, Imogen Cunninghan, Ansel Adams". YouTube. N.p., 2017. Web. 9 Feb. 2017.

Above is a short video showing some of the work by the members of the f/64 club.

Below is a link to someone else blog showing they have tried to emulate some of Weston's work.


If i was going to try emulating any of Edward Weston's work digitally I would use my nikon 28-80mm lens at an aperture of f/40 under soft window light in a darkened room and experiment with slow shutter speeds of around 5mins. To replicate the film type used i would experiment with different film types in nik software.

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