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Edward Weston, Nude (Charis, Santa Monica), 1936. Gelatin silver print, 9.5 x 7.5 inches (24.1 x 19.1 cm). An Edward Weston/Cole Weston print. Printed later.

Charis Wilson, Edward Weston's then-girlfriend and future wife, sits upon a blanket in a doorway. Wilson's head is bowed against her leg, obscuring her face. Her body and the shadows created between her legs and arms become a formal study of triangles and lines defined by light and gesture. Although not abstract, the shape of her body is graphic; even the crooked part in her pinned-back hair assumes a formal quality over and above casual detail. Wilson is slightly off-center, with the diagonal extension of her legs and feet pointing both forward and back, balancing her within the frame.[getty]

"To clearly express my feeling for life with photographic beauty, present objectively the texture, rhythm, form in nature, without subterfuge or evasion in technique or spirit, to record the quintessence of the object or element before my lens, rather than an interpretation, a superficial phase, or passing mood--this is my way in photography. It is not an easy way."
-- Edward Weston

In the spring of 1906, the twenty-year old Weston visited Tropico (now Glendale), California to see his sister for two months and decided to establish himself in the state, where he remained for more than fifty years. After two brief apprenticeships, Weston began his own photographic business, The Little Studio, in Tropico in 1911.

In 1922 on a visit East, Weston met Alfred Stieglitz and toured New York museums, after which Weston wrote that "I was ripe to change, was changing, yes changed when I went to New York." The following year Weston went to Mexico, accompanied by Tina Modotti. In 1926 he returned to Glendale and later settled in Carmel. In 1937 Weston became the first photographer to receive the Guggenheim Foundation artist's fellowship. Along with Imogen Cunningham and Ansel Adams, Weston was a founding member of Group f/64, which advocated unmanipulated, sharp-focus photography. [getty]

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Indentations / Ding
Area: Image
Location: Overall
Notes: Minor thumbnail indentation on the surface. No break in the emulsion.
Degree: Minor

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  • Ships From: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.5 in. (24.13 x 19.05 cm.)
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