Form and Light: Brett Weston Photographs

Born in Los Angeles in 1911, Brett Weston began to study photography as a teenager
and went on to become a successful photographer of landscapes and still life.
His career was launched in 1925 when he and his father, renowned American
photographer Edward Weston,traveled to Mexico, where he met painters
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, along with photographer Tina Modotti. From his father and his circle, Weston learned not only the craft of photography, but also a formalist approach to his artistic subjects. Extracting objects from their context to focus on minute details of line and shape, as well as contrasts of light and dark, Weston’s photographs are visual studies of form and light.

The exhibition is curated by Denise Birkhofer, former Ellen Johnson ’33 Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, with assistance from Madeleine Aquilina (OC ’16). The museum acknowledges the generosity of Christian Keesee Collection and the Brett Weston Archive, which provided for the acquisition of the majority of the photographs.

Image: Brett Weston’s Dune, 1981. Richard Lee Ripin Art Purchase Fund, 2015.38.2