Through Another Lens

Through Another Lens

My Years With Edward Weston

Book - 1998
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Publisher: New York : North Point Press, 1998.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780865475212
0865475210
Branch Call Number: 921 WILSON, CHARIS
Characteristics: xviii, 376 p., [48] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Madar, Wendy

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mikelindq Nov 06, 2013

A good complement to Weston's Daybooks and Beth Gates Warren's "Artful Lives." It's a highly personal memoir, written in the 1st person not by Wilson herself (whe was in her early 80s and overwhelmed by the project) but by a collaborator who used her personal friendship with Wilson in combination with Wilson's notes, letters, and memories as related in interviews to construct the memoir. As Wilson acknowledges, most of Weston's friends were from his generation, not hers (she was some 28 years younger than he), so she doesn't provide insight into his cronies' personalities or his earlier years the way he himself does in his Daybooks. Rather, the book is useful because of her background stories surrounding many of Weston's works from the Guggenheim-grant project (published as "California and the West," the text of which was actually written contemporaneously by Wilson), and also the cross-country trip in 1941 to make photographs to be published in a new edition of Whitman's Leaves of Grass. Notable photos from that trip included the oil refinery at Port Arthur, Texas, the New Orleans cemeteries, and the primitivitist stonecutter/sculptor and the bottle-tree artist in the deep South. Another notable feature is the author's exposition of her own feelings surrounding the nudes for which she was the model - some of Weston's finest work in that genre. The book is a worthwhile addition to the study of both Weston the photographer and the man.

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