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Weston, Edward, 1886-1958



  • Existence: 18860324 - 19580101

Biographical Note

Noted for innovative photographs of California, Mexico, portraits, industry, and abstract organic forms, including human figures, shells, and plants. Weston took his first photographs with a box camera in 1902. In 1906 he moved to California; was an itinerant portraitist. From 1908 to 1911. He traveled to Mexico, New York City, and Ohio, where he made his first industrial photographs. Weston worked for a commercial portrait studio in Los Angeles, in his own studio in Tropico (now Glendale) California, in Mexico City with Tina Modotti, with his son Brett in San Francisco, in Carmel, California, and in Santa Monica, California. Weston was a co-founder of the Group f/64 in 1932. American photographer.


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Found in 18 Collections and/or Records:

Ruth Bernhard collection

Identifier: AG 152

Publications, including newspapers, magazines, exhibition catalogs, workshop and class catalogs, and auction advertisements, published between 1959 and 1996. The materials feature articles written about or including Ruth Bernhard and her photography, descriptions of workshops and classes taught by Bernhard, and exhibitions and auctions featuring her work. There are 24 total publications.

Dates: 1959-1996

Carolyn Caddes collection

Identifier: AG 171

Research files and interviews by Carolyn Caddes, 1981-1982. Includes research notes, correspondence, photographic materials, and biographical materials about the Weston family. Also included are a script of lecture and a draft of an essay on Flora Chandler Weston.

Dates: 1980-1989

Faurest Davis collection

Identifier: AG 111

This collection contains miscellaneous materials documenting the life and career of Faurest Davis (1906-1991), photographer. Each group of materials will be described separately. The collection is active.

Dates: 1937-1987

Christel Gang collection

Identifier: AG 47

Correspondence, 1932-1956, primarily to Christel Gang from Edward Weston (1886-1958), photographer. Also includes correspondence from Edward Weston to Seymour Stern; four letters from Brett Weston to Gang; and clippings and brochures relating to Edward, Brett, and Cole Weston, ca. 1950-1967. Gang was a friend of Edward Weston and briefly provided secretarial services to him.

Dates: 1932-1967

William Holgers archive

Identifier: AG 69

Printed materials and photographic materials, circa 1930-1980, of William Holgers (1904-1981), California photographer. Most of the clippings, negatives, and photographs relate to Edward and Charis Weston. Of special note are photographs documenting the 1940 U.S. Camera Photographic Forum in Yosemite, a workshop taught by Edward Weston and Ansel Adams. Holgers' short memoir describing the workshop is also included.

Dates: 1930-1980

Leon Wilson Collection

Identifier: AG 165
Scope and Contents

This collection is made up of correspondence sent to Leon Wilson by Edward Westion, Charis Wilson Weston, and Paul Peabody. The majoirty comes from Edward Weston. As well, Wilson created a inventory of the correspondence which is included in the collection.

Dates: 1945-1956

Sarah M. Lowe collection

Identifier: AG 269
Scope and Contents Materials in this collection surround research conducted by art historian and author Sarah M. Lowe regarding Italian-born photographer Tina Modotti. The collection includes the following series: Series 1, Correspondence, bulk 1985-1994, includes correspondence both to and from Sarah M. Lowe as she searched for information pertaining to Tina Modotti's life and works for her dissertation, s well as subsequent publications and exhibitions. Series 2, Teaching...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1922 - 2004

Beaumont and Nancy Newhall collection

Identifier: AG 48
Abstract Correspondence, writings, and subject files, 1930-1983, of Beaumont Newhall (l908-1993), and Nancy Newhall (l908-1974), art historians, curators, teachers, and authors. Includes correspondence with noted photographers Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and others; published and unpublished manuscripts by Nancy Newhall concerning Ansel Adams, such as Death Valley (l953), The Eloquent Light (l963), and The Enduring Moment (ca.1971); writings by Beaumont Newhall including Photography: Essays and...
Dates: 1930-1983

Sonya Noskowiak archive

Identifier: AG 3

Papers and photographic materials, 1928-1974, of Sonya Noskowiak (1900-1975), photographer. Includes correspondence with Edward Weston and other photographers; reviews and announcements of photography exhibitions, including two of Group f/64, of which Noskowiak was member; clippings about Noskowiak, Edward Weston, her photography and other topics; negatives and contact prints made by Noskowiak, and reference prints made by the CCP staff.

Dates: undated, 1928-1974

Frederick Sommer archive

Identifier: AG 28

Contains the personal papers, photographic materials, original artwork, audio recordings, and ephemera (1909-1999) of photographer, author, and lecturer Frederick Sommer (1905-1999).

Dates: 1909-1999

John V. Tellaisha collection

Identifier: AG 8

This collection contains information pertaining to photography and specifically to the life and career of Edward Weston (1886-1958), photographer.

Dates: 1944-1956

Beatrice Ullrich-Zuckerman collection

Identifier: AG 75
Abstract Papers, ca. 1942 – 1958, of Bea Ullrich-Zuckerman (August 26, 1907- April 30, 1987). The donor was formerly known as Beatrice Prendergast. She and her husband James Donald Prendergast met Edward Weston in New Orleans in 1941 when he was working on the Leaves of Grass project. Don Prendergast later studied photography with Weston. He and Beatrice moved to Tucson and divorced in the late 1940s, around the time that Weston and his wife Charis split up. This collection includes correspondence...
Dates: circa 1942-1958

Willard Van Dyke miscellaneous acquisitions collection

Identifier: AG 97

This collection contains miscellaneous materials (1984-1992) documenting the life and career of Willard Van Dyke (1906-1986), photographer, filmmaker, teacher, and curator. Each group of materials is described separately.

Dates: 1984-1992

Brett Weston collection

Identifier: AG 143

Materials documenting the life and career of the photographer Brett Weston (1911-1993), son of Edward Weston, including personal papers, letters, activity files, exhibition files, publications, photographic materials, and photographic equipment. The papers offer significant information on the exhibition, publication and sale of Weston’s photographs.

Dates: 1911, 1927-1993

Edward Weston and Johan Hagemeyer collection

Identifier: AG 5
Abstract Papers, 1916 to 1938, of Edward Weston (1886-1958) and Johan Hagemeyer (1884-1962), photographers. The bulk of the collection consists of letters from Weston to Hagemeyer between 1918 and 1938. There are also published and unpublished manuscripts, clippings, notes, and brochures about Weston. Notable are manuscript fragments, sent as enclosures with letters, relating to Weston’s trip to New York City and visit with Alfred Stieglitz in 1922, and his trip to Mexico in 1923. Correspondents...
Dates: 1916-1938

Edward Weston archive

Identifier: AG 38
Abstract Nearly all periods of Weston's life and work are represented in the archive. Little documentation exists, however, regarding his childhood (1886-1906), early years in California (1906-1923), or life after he was stricken with Parkinson's disease (1947-1958). The archive is particularly rich in documentation of his years in Mexico (1923-1926), and years after he returned to California (1927-1940s). It also contains significant examples of Weston's writing. Many of his letters to his sons are...
Dates: 1870-1958

Edward Weston miscellaneous acquisitions collection

Identifier: AG 6

Miscellaneous materials documenting the life and career of Edward Weston (1886-1958), photographer. Includes correspondence, publications, photographic materials, artifacts, manuscripts and other materials. Each group of materials is described separately. The collection is still active.

Dates: 1911-1915, 1919-1970s, 1981, 1984, 1986, 2007

Charis Wilson collection

Identifier: AG 200

Papers (1877-2011) of Charis Wilson (1914-2009), author. Consists primarily of papers and memorabilia from her friendship with and marriage to the photographer Edward Weston.

Dates: 1877-2011