Edward Weston, one of the greats of the world of photography, was born in 1886 in Chicago. He chose to live in California in 1906 and remained there for the rest of his life. Weston was initially a follower of the painting style that was very common in the 1900s. He settled in New York for a time in late 1922, where he met Alfred Stiglitz and Charles Schiller and followed Stiglitz’s “direct image” style.
His special look
The works of this famous photographer can change our perception of the world and life. For example, his famous photo of a pepper expresses his special view of the world around him.
Also, his landscape photos have a special splendor and beauty, which shows his creative look.
It was as if for Weston, the objects used in everyday experience had come to life in the form of living figures.
Weston in his search
Edward Weston went to Mexico in 1923 and stayed there until 1925, during which time he found his style and philosophy of photography.
However, there is a very clear contradiction in Weston’s art. He was constantly looking for experiences that would lead him to self-knowledge.
A very difficult cognition that was sometimes difficult for him to accept. Perhaps we can conclude from Weston’s remarks to what extent art can provide the ground for awareness and cognition.
I take pictures while I am completely moved by the emotional feeling that I have lost in front of a certain subject.
I always analyze and compose, even on the photo.
I either see something well or I do not see it at all. This means having two eyes and a heart ready, two important elements for a photographer!
In other words…
For him, photography was a test of his ability to react to the subject, and the success of his photographs is a clear testament to his richness of sensitivity to the beauty of the world.
His photographic work was nothing but a constant search, a search that was the result of moments of calm and deep reflection.
This famous photographer took on a tangible face by capturing subjects such as snail shells, which have various shapes and subdued and beautiful colors.
Mourning in the world of photography
In the face of nature, Weston became involved with it and was constantly in conflict with the beauties.
He seemed to be constantly questioning himself about himself, his abilities, his happiness, and his human condition.
Eventually, Edward Weston died in 1958 of Parkinson’s disease.