Artist: Edward Weston (American, Highland Park, Illinois 1886–1958 Carmel, California)

Date: 1925

Medium: Gelatin silver print

Dimensions: Image: 14.8 x 23.4 cm (5 13/16 x 9 3/16 in.)
Mount: 35.2 x 43.9 cm (13 7/8 x 17 5/16 in.)

Classification: Photographs

Credit Line: Gilman Collection, Purchase, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gift, 2005

Accession Number: 2005.100.142

Rights and Reproduction: © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


In his early attempts to merge the realism of photography with the expressive effect of abstract art, Weston honed in on close-up details of his subjects. That the faces of his models were often cropped or averted served practical as well as aesthetic purposes, enabling the photographs to be read as figure studies rather than as individual portraits while also protecting the privacy of the friends and lovers who served as models.