Just wanted to pass on the news for those of you in Utah or surrounding areas that there is an Edward Weston photography exhibit at the University of Utah in Salt Lake that is free. It is at the UMFA and is free and open to the public. There are 100 prints from various stages of his life. It runs through April 11th. 2004.
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jbj, this is the same exhibit that several apug members have seen recently and I think we all agree it is worth a trip (or 2,4,10 visits)..hope you all enjoy..
This is the exhibition that our long delayed and over two-year in production book is for. Full details about the book are now at http;//www.lodimapress.com. There is a pre-publication offer (save $40) until April 30. And there are even more photographs in teh book than are in the exhibition.
Thanks for the link Michael, I just preordered!
So I've seen the exhibit now and will be going back again to enjoy it more. I was really impressed with the work, especially the landscapes, still-life, and nudes. The earlier soft focus/pictorial period works were not to my liking but I think they are important to see the progression that was made over his lifetime.
A couple of questions:
Does anyone know who did the printing for the prints that are not labeled either "Edward Weston" or "E.W." etc. I assume that the ones labeled with his name or initials were done by EW. But as for the unlabeled prints were some also by EW or did one of his sons print them?
Also I think I've heard that he developed the contact prints in amidol and printed on azo, is this true for these examples in this show? I've heard so much about amidol/azo but have never seen an example. Also they appear to be toned and was curious about that as well.
thanks in advance,
I'll be watching for the answer.
I visited the "Edward Weston" Show at the Museum of Fine Arts, here in Boston. There was *the* Edward Weston Darkroom, piece by piece, reassembled, on display - complete with bare bulb, capable of being raised and lowered for exposure control. What was there was bulk chemical bottles (must have mixed his own) - and a box of Agfa paper - unmistakeable - a large *RED* box with the Agfa logo.
I think that it is well known that EW used several papers in his life time. Azo was a favorite. It is possible that he used Agfa at different times of his life.
Actually, Edward’s favorite paper was Haloid. He used Agfa just somewhat, as well as Ansco papers, and Azo. but he did switch from period to period. In those days there were many choices of contact printing papers. Those were the days . . .
Last year we saw an Azo print of his from 1937 that looked exactly like Paula's and my prints in print tone and color.
My favorite prints of his are those that have a yellow base of some sort and impart a golden glow. They are not "warm" prints particularly--not toward the reddish side f the spectrum--they are neutral with a yellow cast to them. Adams made prints with the paper, too. It seems to have been available in the late 1930s and early 1940s--maybe especially in the early 1940s. I do not know which paper this is. It is not Azo.
Just yesterday at AIPAD in New York, there were quite a few Weston prints on the walls--only one with that particular golden glow. Interesting to see the differences due to the papers he used. AIPAD ends today for anyone near NY and interested. We'll be going back.
All of the photographs in the traveling exhibition are vintage prints, printed by Edward himself. there are no prints printed by Cole and no "project prints" that were printed by Brett. According to Dody, Edward thought those he initialed were his best prints. An explanation of why is in our forthcoming book.