"Remembering Brett Weston"

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  1. Shawn Dougherty

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    Great video! Thanks.

    Jeff
     
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    Thanks for sharing, I've enjoyed this video very much. I had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours with Kim Weston at Edward Weston's place in Carmel, when John Sexton took my group there in April. John is a great story teller, and both of those guys had quite a few great memories of Brett to share with us. I am looking forward to the next instalment. If any of you have a chance to pass through that part of the California coast, consider making an appointment for a visit, even just to see some of their superb prints.
     
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    Thank you! The contribution is greatly appreciated!
     
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    Thank you - I really enjoyed their memories of Brett Weston.
     
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    Shawn thanks for these, they're great. I've never been a huge fan of Brett Weston but stuff like this is always informative and fun.

    If you're a fan of Brett Weston, you might want to get a copy of the Brett Weston DVD John Sexton has available on his website. I bought it after attending one of John's workshops and it's great. As Rafal said, John had some good Brett stories.
     
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    Glad I was able to share this. Too good to pass up!

    Michael, I have the Brett Weston, DVD. I especially enjoyed the audio interviews which are included. I would love to hear some of Sexton's Brett stories which might not have made the interview (surely there are some =) Also, two different Brett Weston biographies are out right now. One by John Charles Woods and another by Randy Efros. Both interesting and each paints a slightly different picture of the man than the other...

    I was unclear about whether the next two installments would be an extension of this and feature Kim, John and Randy again or if there would be new contributors or something different entirely. I guess we'll find out in due time.
     
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    My understanding is that the next installment will again feature Kim, John and Randy as well as additional images. The time frame for release is still uncertain.
    :munch:
     
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    Shawn, that is true. Have you considered the motivations of the two authors, and why the picture of the man is different?

    Best,
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    Hey Merg! Hope you are doing well. I have given that a fair amount of thought, based on information in the biographies themselves and some other interviews I've read. It would seem the authors certainly had different experiences with Brett...

    On another note, I listened to your Lenswork interview again a couple of weeks ago while working in the darkroom. It may be the best .99¢ I've ever spent. =)
     
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    Hi Shawn, good to hear from you, all is well here.

    I took a look at your new work, and some old. You have a very fine portfolio accumulated over a few years. Congratulations! I bet those contact prints are real gems. My early work, the first ten years, were all 4x5 contact prints. The small prints demand a close look. I have never understood the big print craze so often seen these days. I guess ink made it easier to go big, although Ansel was printing large in the 1950's; some mural size on commercial assignments. Of course, his subject matter did not suffer from being large.

    Almost had forgotten the LensWork interview, glad you found something worthwhile in it.

    Keep in touch.

    Best,
    Merg
     
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    Thank you so much, Merg. That means a great deal to me. I am a big fan of your work (and stories!)

    For me, nothing quite compares to the intimacy of small, jewel like prints.

    Best.
    Shawn


     
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    You're welcome.

    Gina Weston mentioned that "We have enough footage for 2 more!"

    I hope that comes to pass.
     
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    Trivia: The black book on the table is, "Brett Weston at One Hundred" --- sans slip case. Only one hundred copies printed.
     
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    Yes, the one I desperately want to read... but cannot afford! =)
     
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    Nor could I, but was rewarded for contributing to the project. There are, by the way, none of Brett's photographs reproduced in the book. It is a tribute to Brett in writing, mostly by those who knew him early in his career --- the 40's, 50's and even the 60's when he was struggling to make a living. I recall in 1968 his print of Garrapata Beach was offered at the Focus Gallery in San Francisco for $45. I checked the print bin on every visit and it was still there, month after month.
     
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    Wow...
     
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    Shawn, as an example of the contents of the book, Brett Weston at One Hundred, was this piece written by his longtime friend Richard Miller. It captures the early years I was speaking of in Brett's career, written with love and insight. I will attach it in case it is unfamiliar to you or other members of this forum.

    Best,
    Merg

    http://www.richardcmiller.com/portfolios/the-westons/portrait-of-a-friendship/
     
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    A great article by Richard Miller. Thanks, Merg, for providing the link.
    Miller says "He was just an inveterate photographer. Wherever you put him, that’s what he did. He took pictures. I wouldn’t even call it a passion; it was just his way of life. And he did it. He didn’t do anything else."
     
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    Just saw this and I have to up in 3 hours!!! I have opened it in a tab and will read it tomorrow night. THANK YOU, Merg. =)

     
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    I read through this twice and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks again, Merg.