Edward Weston: Light and Form

Edward Weston is synonymous with American Modernism, and rightly so – it was a key theme throughout his career reaching a peak in 1927 when he embarked upon a series of still ives of shells and vegetables that have become celebrated Modernist photographs. He was one of the great photographic innovators, who pushed the boundaries of the medium to new levels. He was an artist who found beauty in everything. Weston wanted clear lighting and, additionally, lighting that revealed the truth about an object. With his Pepper, 1930, for example, he agonised for days about how to light it, opting in the end for a dramatic lighting that accentuated its sensuous, curvaceous form.

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