Brett Weston, ‘Dunes, White Sands’, 1946-printed 1989, Skinner

1946, printed 1989

Image/Sheet Size: 18.875 x 23.5 in. (47.8 x 59.5 cm), unmatted, unframed.
Mount Measures: 29.75 x 32.75 in. (75.5 x 83.2 cm).

For his final portfolio, printed in 1989 in an Edition of 25, Brett Weston made large-scale prints from what he selected as his best negatives. Each negative was retired upon the completion of the project and eventually destroyed.—Courtesy of Skinner

Signature: Signed "Brett Weston" in pencil on the mount l.r., numbered "20/25" in pencil on the mount l.l.

A private Massachusetts collection.

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