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Artist of the moment…..Photographer Brett Weston

Brett Weston is a world renown photographer who happens to be the son of one of America’s great visionary photographers Ed Weston. Brett Weston was born in the year 1911 in Los Angeles, California. Brett was one of two sons of the legendary Ed Weston.

In 1925 Brett moved to Mexico to work under his dad.

In this clip we view some works by Ed Weston:

price range information: Works range from $3,000 to $50,000.

In 1926 the family moved back to California.

Brett didn’t have any formal training as an artist. Like the Wyeths or the Ashevaks or the Nyanhongo clans, it was just in their family blood to create art! At the age of seventeen he was a featured artist in an international show of photography.

First museum show was at the age of 21 years old.

The artist worked alongside his father his entire life until he passed away in 1958. Brett enjoyed the company of his father and his father was a stable and lifelong support for the artist. Brett Weston was married four times in his life.

Brett Weston won a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Brett Weston passed away in 1993 at the age of 82 years of age.

In this clip a great montage of works by Brett Weston:

As an artist I love Brett Weston’s eye for capturing abstraction and realism at the same time. For me my favorite series of the artist is his underwater nudes. The lines and abstraction are both at high levels.

Brett Weston is included in prominent collections including the San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art and the Honolulu Museum of Art.

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Artist of the moment…..Ruth Bernhard

Ruth Bernhard was a fantastic  photographer born in the year 1905 in the city of Berlin, Germany. For her artistic education she attended the Berlin Academy of Fine Art.

Her father was a designer and she came to the United States to live with him in New York City in 1927. Her father would help land her the important job of creating the the photography for the first catalog made for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

She would go on to buy her on photography equipment and to be inspired by photographer Ed Weston’s work. Below an example of Weston’s style. I have covered him previously. I found his nudes to strikingly similar in their poses to Bernhard’s work. Like photographer Chris Bucklow all of these artists enjoy playing with the shape of the female figure. Bernhard was a studio assistant to Weston for a period of time.

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Another theme of Bernhard was lesbian couples with the the two female bodies pressed up against each other.

Bernhard joined a group called the F/64 group. Some very famous artists were part of this group including Weston, Ansel Adams, and Dorothea Lange.

In this clip we view a great montage of photographs by Bernhard.

Here we see an interview from the 1990s with Ruth Bernhard.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $35,000.

Ruth Bernhard is part of many prominent museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Ruth Bernhard lived to be 101 years old and passed away in San Francisco, California in 2006.

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Artist of the moment….Photographer Ed Weston

Price range information: Works priced between $2,000 to $550,000.

Photographer Ed Weston was born in Highland Park, Illinois in the year 1886. One of the most renown American photographers in history Weston built a great reputation for his work with the nude, shells, and also peppers.

First photographer to win a Guggenheim Fellowship.

In 1947 he was diagnosed with Parkinsons and quit shooting photographs. Weston then chose to concentrate on printing his most famous works.

His mother, a theater actor, died when he was five and he was raised mainly by an older sister.

Got interested in photography after receiving a Kodak camera for his sixteenth birthday.

Just getting his feet wet, a first job in the industry was with the studio of George Steckel.

Married the best friend of his older sister, who came from money. This marriage allowed him to start working full time with his photography. The couple had four children, all males.

Started working with the figure was his family and wife. This progressed to paid nude models that were a mixture of friends and even lovers.

For paper to print his works on he chose silver gelatin paper and platinum and palladium also.

His favorite size for photographs was 8 by 10 inches. This was the format he enjoyed the most for his compositions.

A wonderful montage of works from Ed Weston.

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