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101 Quick and Easy Ideas Taken from the Master Photographers of the Twentieth Century by Matthew Bamberg

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Chapter 37. Edward Weston (1886–1958)

Edward Weston took his first pictures at age 16, when he received a camera as a gift. He began in the photography business as a portrait photographer in California. In his early days as a photographer, he was a pictorialist. (He made his photographs resemble paintings.) Later, he abandoned that type of photography for one that was more in tune with the medium of photography. His images went from soft to sharp and filled with details. No matter the method, Weston stuck with large-format cameras and usually shot with a tripod. Weston befriended Imogen Cunningham. During the 1920s, the two pursued the same type of photography—pictorialist portraits and still lifes. He photographed a profile of Cunningham in that ...

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