new-york

Edward Weston

International Center of Photography Museum (ICP)

By focusing on Edward Weston’s work in two traditional photographic genres, the portrait and the nude, this exhibition offered an unusually complex view of the photographer’s work. Best known for his pioneering abstractions of natural forms—peppers, halved cabbages, seaweed, and the like—Weston produced a wide range of work in which subject and form assume equal importance. Throughout his career, Weston devoted special attention to nudes and portraits; the work assembled here, from his early pictorialist work to his late, ironic tableaux vivants, allows viewers to see the shifts in his vision as he pursued these classic artistic problems.

Most of the portraits presented here are culled not from Weston’s commercial work, but from the pictures of friends, lovers, and family that he produced throughout his life. In his portraits, Weston favored the same dramatically simple compositions he used

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