Brett Weston, ‘Church Door, Bowery’, 1946, Heritage Auctions
Brett Weston, ‘Church Door, Bowery’, 1946, Heritage Auctions
Brett Weston, ‘Church Door, Bowery’, 1946, Heritage Auctions

Condition Report: Unmounted; not framed; cornered in to a window mat measuring 20 x 16 inches; one folding crease to the lower left corner, one crease to the center, and one half moon crease lower center, most visible in raking light; three small indentations to the upper right quadrant.

Signature: Signed, titled, and dated in ink on verso.

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Light Gallery, New York, 1983; Private collection, New York.

About Brett Weston

Son of famed photographer Edward Weston, and a sometime subject of his father’s work, Brett Weston developed his own vision and pursued a celebrated photographic career, beginning at 13 and continuing until the end of his life. He started work in 1925 as his father’s studio assistant in Mexico, where he absorbed formative influences from his father as well as Tina Modotti, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and José Clemente Orozco. At 17, he had his work included in “Film und Foto” (1929), a critical avant-garde exhibition held between the two World Wars. Taking a thoroughly Modernist approach to his medium, he reduced his subject matter to pure form through careful framing and the production of high contrast black-and-white prints. Weston traveled the world, transforming urban and natural landscapes, close-ups of organic and manmade materials, and nudes into elegant, abstract volumes and patterns.

American, 1911-1993, Los Angeles, California, based in Carmel, California