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Dunes, Oceano, from The Fiftieth Anniversary Portfolio: 1902-1952

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Edward Weston, Dunes, Oceano, from The Fiftieth Anniversary Portfolio: 1902-1952, 1936 (negative); 1951 (print), gelatin silver print, Museum Purchase: Caroline Ladd Pratt Fund, © unknown, research required, 52.149.12

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Title

Dunes, Oceano, from The Fiftieth Anniversary Portfolio: 1902-1952

Artist

Edward Weston (American, 1886-1958)

Date

1936 (negative); 1951 (print)

Medium

gelatin silver print

Edition

edition of 100

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image/sheet: 7 1/2 in x 9 1/2 in

Collection Area

Photography

Category

Books, Portfolios, and Manuscripts

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

American

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Caroline Ladd Pratt Fund

Accession Number

52.149.12

Copyright

© unknown, research required

Terms

dunes

gelatin silver prints

photographs

portfolios

Description

Weston, renowned for his detailed and luxurious photographs of sand dunes, vegetables, and nudes, assembled twelve diverse images for this anniversary portfolio. The locations where he made the images—California, Louisiana, New York, Tennessee, and Mexico—are equally varied.

Weston skillfully printed from large-format negatives for much of his life, but prints in The Fiftieth Anniversary Portfolio were made by Weston's son, Brett, who first exhibited his own photographs alongside his father's at age fourteen. By the late 1940s, as the elder Weston's Parkinson's disease advanced, Brett became his primary printer. Additional assistants to the project included Weston's youngest son, Cole; Brett's wife, Dody; and photographers Morley and Frances Baer, who were close friends.

Although the earliest image in the portfolio dates to 1924, Weston received his first camera as a gift from his father in 1902, prompting the fiftieth anniversary title.

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