Born in Highland Park, Illinois Edward Weston was introduced to photography at the age of 16 when he was given his first camera, a Kodak Bull’s Eye #2. He attended the Illinois College of Photography and later moved to California to pursue his work. In 1922 he became part of the transition between pictorialism to straight photography in which images focused on precise presentation. After 1927 he concentrated on nudes, still life and landscape photography. In 1932 he co-founded Group f/64 with Ansel Adams, Willard Van Dyke and a few others. The name f/64 came from the very small aperture that was able to give the photographer a very large depth of field.

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Weston photographed the human body in its most basic element in hopes of revealing the basic structure and lines. This is a photograph of Charis Wilson, who was lover and wife of Edward Weston and the subject of his best known nude photographs.

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This photograph is of the cross section of an artichoke. Weston pursued still like photography and this images gives a new detailed twist to the classic still life mind set.