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Brett Weston

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
gelatin silver print on paper

13 1/4 in x 15 in (33.7 cm x 38.1 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. & Mrs. Arnold M. Gilbert

Label copy
Brett Weston Landscapes Exhibition 2013
Scrub, White Sands, from White Sands Portfolio
Gelatin silver print
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold M. Gilbert, 1981/2.37

Subject matter
Brett Weston began his career at an early age. His father, Edward Weston, withdrew him from school in 1925, to move to Mexico. During this time, Brett studied under his father and met leading artists of the time, while beginning to develop his own style at the age of 13. He exhibited internationally before the age of 20, including at the influential 1929 exhibition Film und Foto in Stuttgart, Germany. Throughout his seventy year career, Weston produced a large body of work illustrating his technical skill and expert printing style. His photographs often focused on natural subject matter, abstracting plants and landscapes by photographing close-up, cropped scenes. The "White Sands" portfolio was created in 1946, when Weston traveled from New York to Texas. He stopped in White Sands, New Mexico, creating a body of work that would be published three years later.

Physical Description
A close-up photograph of plants growing out of white sand.

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flora (plants)
modern and contemporary art

4 Related Resources

Nature in Photography
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Visual Forms of the Avant Garde - a survey
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
PAST - Sand Dunes  
(Part of: FFW Lower Level Study Cases     )

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