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City Art Centre to host major photography exhibition this summer

posted 5 Feb 2010, 07:10 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 5 Feb 2010, 07:22 ]
A major exhibition devoted to the legendary US photographer, the late Edward Weston, is sure to draw huge crowds at the newly reopened City Art Centre this summer.

Edward Weston: Life Work will run throughout Edinburgh's main summer festivals period, from July until late October 2010, at the Market Street gallery, which is currently undergoing refurbishment.

Weston, who died in 1958, is renowned as one of the masters of 20th century photography.

This touring event, which is heading from the USA to Edinburgh for its only UK showing before returning to New York, will be the biggest exhibition of the photographer's works ever to be seen in Britain.

The 'survey exhibition' at the City Art Centre will showcase 115 vintage prints from all phases of Weston's five-decade career. Previously unpublished masterpieces are interspersed with well-known signature images.

Councillor Deidre Brock, Culture Leader, said: "Edward Weston is recognised as being one of the greats of 20th century photography so we are really delighted to be exhibiting his work at the City Art Centre next summer. The City Art Centre has played host to some truly sensational photography shows, including the stunningly successful Ansel Adams 'Celebration of Genius' show in 2008 and the fantastic Albert Watson photography exhibition 'Frozen' in 2006 - I'm sure the Edward Weston exhibition will draw equally impressive crowds."

The Edward Weston exhibition is arranged in seven thematic sections: early work, Mexico, portraits, nudes, still life, early landscape and late landscape. A 30-minute video, Remembering Edward Weston, featuring interviews with family members will also accompay the show.

All works are from the collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg. This exhibition was organised by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.

The City Art Centre in Market Street closed for a £700k refurbishment following the Science Festival in April 2009. The works, which included upgrades to the building's air conditioning system and lighting, are aimed at enhancing the environmental conditions for gallerygoers and for the artworks themselves. The City Art Centre will reopen for the Science Festival in April 2010.

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Edward Weston was renowned as one of the masters of 20th century photography. His legacy of carefully composed and superbly printed photographs has influenced photographers around the world.

Edward Henry Weston was born in Highland Park, Illinois, and raised in Chicago. He received his first camera from his father in 1902 and began photographing in his spare time while working as an errand boy and salesman. In 1906 Weston travelled to California where he worked as a door-to-door portrait photographer. From 1908 to 1911 he attended the Illinois College of Photography.

Between 1911 and 1922 Weston operated his own portrait studio in Tropico, California. He became successful working in a soft-focus, Pictorial style, winning salon and professional awards. Weston became dissatisfied with his work and by 1920 he was experimenting with semi-abstractions.

In 1922 Weston travelled to New York, where he met other artists including Alfred Stieglitz. His photographs of the ARMCO Steelworks in Ohio marked a turning point in his career. They were unpretentious and true to reality.

In 1923 Weston moved to Mexico City where he opened a studio with his apprentice and lover Tina Modotti. In 1924 Weston abandoned the use of soft-focus techniques and started his precise studies of natural forms. He returned to California in 1926 and began the work for which he is most famous: natural-form close-ups, nudes, and landscapes.

Weston opened a San Francisco studio with his son Brett in 1928. The following year he moved to Carmel. Weston's work of the late 1940s was hampered by Parkinson's disease. He took his last photographs in 1948. During the next 10 years Weston supervised the printing by his sons, Brett and Cole, of his life's work. Weston died in Carmel in 1958.

All works are from the collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg.
This exhibition was organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.