Edward Weston

Quick Facts

NameEdward Henry Weston
BornMarch 24, 1886, Highland Park, Illinois, US
DiedJanuary 1, 1958 (aged 71), Carmel Highlands, California, US
Notable WorkNude, 1925 (1925), Pepper No. 30 (1930), Nude (Charis, Santa Monica) (1936)
SpousesFlora May Chandler (m. 1909; div. 1937), Charis Wilson (m. 1939; div. 1946)
PartnersMargrethe Mather (1913–1923), Tina Modotti (1921–1927), Sonya Noskowiak (1929–1935)
Children5, including Brett Weston (1911–1993) and Cole Weston (1919–2003)
Early LifeBorn in Highland Park, Illinois, lost mother at five, raised by sister, moved to California at 21, showed interest in photography from an early age
CareerInitially practiced soft focus pictorialism, shifted to highly detailed photographic images, known for his “quintessentially American, and especially Californian, approach to modern photography”
AchievementsFirst photographer to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1937, produced nearly 1,400 negatives using his 8 × 10 view camera over two years
LegacyRegarded as one of the most innovative and influential American photographers, known for his expansive subjects and attention to detail

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