“Photography is realism! Why make excuses?”
Edward Weston is one of those photographers who is seen as a pioneering fathers of the medium, particularly in America. It’s usually forgotten simply how weird and interesting his imagery is.
Starting as a Pictorialist portrait photographer he abandoned that Victorian vein of impressionistic photography to concentrate instead on form, detail, texture, light and shade. His subjects are everyday but the gaze of the camera turns them into something new, more real than real
Weston’s landscapes, especially his sand dunes and twisted cyprus trees often seem more sensual and moving than the nudes which often get more attention, he’s a master of composition and seeing when the light falls exactly so. More Weston pics up here